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Izegrim: Code Of Consequences

There are times when you just want to slam on some straight forward metal. Nothing too pretentious, nothing overly challenging, just plain simple in your face metal and with Code Of Consequences Dutch thrash/death metallers (with a little symphonic influences thrown in) Izegrim have recorded an album that fits that bill. On one hand that is a really good thing, with any of the ten tracks on this disc being powerful slabs of riff heavy metal that romps along with pace and precision. However on the other hand is the problem that in truth there is little, if anything on CoC that causes Izegrim to stand out from the crowd. The thing is as well, that unusually for this genre the band has a female singer in the shape of Marloes, so there's no doubt that the capacity to be doing something more innovative is there. Marloes is a fine growler, but in there lies the problem, as because she convincingly gargles here way through all the songs on the album it has to be said that it is virtually impossible to tell her apart from the countless male vocalists utilising this same style.

That said Izegrim neither stand nor fall by their frontwoman's efforts, as she puts in a good if unspectacular display, it is just more to do with the fact that nothing the band come up with musically really grabs you and sticks in your head. "Psychopathetic Mind", "Deathstrip" and "Incommunicado" rattle along at a thrilling pace, and all have clever little slower break-outs that show an understanding of light and shade. However the fact that all three songs do follow quite a similar blueprint makes a lot of this album a little nondescript. As I said at the start of this review, Izegrim have come up with a collection of tracks that is a good honest wallop of thrash and death metal and there's no doubting that they do know how to write some good songs, or that all four members of the band are fine musicians.

Code Of Consequences does have an indication of what could be set to come from this band, but in their present state Izegrim will be no more than a quick fix.

Track Listing
1. Victim of Honor
2. My Secret Society
3. Incommunicado
4. Center of Momentum
5. Deathstrip
6. Final Farewell
7. Fade Into Obscurity
8. Psychopathic Mind
9. Population Zero
10. Code of Consequences

Added: February 3rd 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: The Izegrim Official Web Site
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Language: english

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