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Crisis: Like Sheep Led To Slaughter

Look at these ingredients: Female fronted death metal. A multicultural lineup. Most of the artists are classically trained. The band has a discography of 4 albums on which they cut their teeth refined their art. On paper, this record has immense potential. In practice, it is an above-average middle-of-the-road death metal outfit with some interesting sounds and lots of mid-tempo sludge.

Crisis is a 5-piece band fronted by petit Karyn Crisis, with a voice that can run from angelic to demonic and back again in the space of just three bars. Her vocals recall the late Dawn Crosby of Fear Of God, and unlike Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow Karyn does not attempt to emulate the classic male-dominated death sound. She is joined by an American, a Taiwanese, a Pakistani and a Puerto Rican. Only occasionally is that rich ethnic mix apparent on Like Sheep Led To Slaughter. Instead we have a mix of doom and death metal, heavy and oppressive as hell and borderline evil, with songs titled "A Graveyard For Bitches", "Study In Cancer" and "Corpus Apocalypse". "Rats In A Maze" is probably the strongest track here and summarizes the theme of the whole album.

Recommended for the truly hardcore death metal fan. Not recommended for impressionable children, little old ladies or symphonic progressive rock fans. The rest should approach with caution go to the band's web site and try before you buy.

Track Listing:

  1. Omen
  2. Waking The Dead
  3. A Graveyard For Bitches
  4. Nomad
  5. Politics Of Domination
  6. Blood Burden
  7. Rats In A Maze
  8. Secrets Of The Prison House
  9. Corpus Apocalypse
  10. Study In Cancer
  11. Exit Catacomb
  12. The Fate

Added: June 4th 2004
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Score:
Related Link: The Crisis Site
Hits: 1653
Language: english

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Crisis: Like Sheep Led To Slaughter
Posted by Jedd Beaudion, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-03-11 16:27:40
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Despite the early hype this new Crisis outing doesn't quite hit you where you live. While brutal beast Karyn Crisis does her best to lead her lambs through the forrest and directly toward the rendering plant, a few of them go astray and make it onto the interstate where they're saved by a well-intentioned truck driver who brings one or two of them home to his daughter in Alabama. If you know what I mean. There are one or two hints of brilliance here and a few others that make you sit up momentarily ("Blood Burden," "Exit Catacomb") but really nothing that'll kill ya. And that's too bad.



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