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Of Graves and Gods: Slit Throat Andromeda

Metalcore doesn't get more brutal than this folks. In the fine tradition of bands like Hatebreed, Bleeding Through, All That Remains, Unearth, Despised Icon, and Himsa, these New Mexico headbangers that call themselves Of Graves and Gods go for the juggular on their full-length debut Slit Throat Andromeda, a pummeling collection of songs that, while not raising the bar as far as originality goes, still manages to hit all the right buttons of what a solid metal album should sound like.

Furious rhythms, crushing, sometimes technical guitar riffs, and blood soaked angry vocal shouts. Yes, the characteristics of typical metalcore for sure, but these guys sounds so convincing and the music is relentless throughout that you have to stand up and take notice. Songs like "In Our Dying Ashes" and the rampaging title track are so damn brutal yet memorable, and they even go into almost technical death metal territory on the blistering "Tossed Out and Torched", complete with intricate guitar riffery and harmony breaks. The two part "That Which Comes Between" is equal parts atmospheric progressive metal and rampaging hardcore brutality, complete with agonizing screams and powerhouse rhythms. In fact, the band employs more traditional hardcore elements on the rousing breakdowns of "Internal Holocaust", then moves back into metallic territory on the intricate guitar attack of "The Aftermath Of".

Considering how popular this type of music has been on the underground extreme music scene the last few years, there's no reason to believe that Of Graves and Gods won't make a positive impact with metalcore and hardcore fans. I can easily see the band playing tunes from Slit Throat Andromeda at an Ozzfest or Sounds of the Underground in the very near future.

1. Slit Throat Andromeda
2. Scars Make Memories
3. In Our Dying Ashes
4. Heavens Death
5. Tossed Out and Touched
6. That Which Comes Between Part I
7. That Which Comes Between Part II
8. Kryie
9. Internal Holocaust
10. The Aftermath Of
11. When Everyone You Love is Dead

Added: April 17th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Candlelight Records
Hits: 1970
Language: english

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