SWARM is the name of the new band around former DEATH ANGEL-singer Mark Osegueda. With Rob Cavestany (guitars) and Andy Galeon (drums) there are two more veterans of the Bay Area-legend in the SWARM-line-up. To say it in advance: instead of Thrash with class we now get Alternative Rock.
Here grungy as in "Never Forget", where Mark sounds like a young version of Mick Jagger, or with "Karma", which comes over with a big BLACK SABBATH-list and pure melancholy, then very funky, as for example "Sengir Vampire" and even more "Sufferahs", where the instrumental section sounds as if they had itching powder under their arms and their ass crack. And then ("Dark Western") the whole thing sounds like a crossover of all the mentioned styles.
I like SWARM best, when they just rock off, like in "Heaven's Cage" with its catchy chorus or the MY SISTER'S MACHINE-like "Bleed". Unfortunately far too little for myself to really get warm with a combo. Oh yes, the last song is a THE DOORS cover version, which sounds quite nice, not more and not less. (Online December 21, 2002)