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HOLYCIDE
HOLYCIDE
Annihilate... Then Ask!
(Xtreem Music)
42:25min

If you do not know who is Dave Rotten, then please stop reading and go search inside of your soul why you are reading a Metal website... but if you do, you not only know that he's the gorgle-ist of the Death Metal band AVULSED, a very competent act if you like BOLT THROWER or DEMIGOD, but also a big supporter of the underground for a long time. Although Dave is a Death-head he is also a big old school Thrash fan and HOLYCIDE is the way he can get his passion for this music style. The band is not only performing live, but they already have a few recordings under their (bullet) belt. This, their debut album, is a fierce piece of Thrash in the vein of EXODUS, VIO-LENCE and mid-era KREATOR with touches of Cavalera-era “Arise” and a good touch of metallic Hardcore in the CRO-MAGS and early D.R.I. style. Dave vocals are obviously different from what he does in AVULSED, as he fits the screamy style needed for this type of music. The execution and recording is also very good as he has a band that consists of experienced members. The cover art has that Ed Repka influence, an artist quite popular among Thrash Metal bands in the late 80s. The lyrical approach is that of war, injustice and the Metal way of life. A band with a song named 'Motörhead' can not be wrong. If there is something I find, after listening to the album a few times, is that some songs have a similar overall vibe, maybe at times the vocals could get a bit variation here and there. Important to the band's sound is the bass, as it can be heard in (what for me is the best song) 'Bonebreaker'. They also do a very good cover of a song from DÉTENTE, taking it as theirs as the way a cover is supposed to be. I have seen a few videos of the band, and I can assure you they are killer live, so if you have a chance do not miss it. For fans of old school influenced Thrash Metal, you cannot go wrong with Dave's mark of quality in it. Thrash at 666 km/hr! www.facebook.com/holycide, www.xtreemmusic.com

Julián “Eager To Take Control” Núńez

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