MARY BEATS JANE. Not an extremely well known name in Metal. But many of you may be familiar with the front man. None other than Peter Dolving, the original vocalist for THE HAUNTED. Well, MARY BEATS JANE was his band before joining THE HAUNTED.
I guess the music can be classified as Thrash. Or at least, it's the closest description I can procure. But it relies more on groove than brutality or melody. Much like old MACHINE HEAD, or maybe old FEAR FACTORY. It's definitely not very Swedish sounding. And definitely nothing like THE HAUNTED.
Peter also relies more on his clean voice than his Death vox. And it works quite well. It's a shame he didn't use it more in his time with THE HAUNTED. However, he still screamed with the best of them on this album.
So, if you're a fan of THE HAUNTED and are interested in related bands other than AT THE GATES, you may find this release interesting. Or if you just like good, hard, Heavy Metal, this release may also be for you. Too bad it's a rarity these days. (Online November 14, 2002)