SEEDS OF DESOLATION hail from the often overlooked - Metal-wise at least - Scotland. These are not the brave highland warriors of the stories but extreme Death Metallers who play their particular blend of the genre very well.
The technical sounding high end riffs and great lead breaks surprised me greatly in this 4 track demo. SEEDS OF DESOLATION have great riffing often reminding me of CARCASS and other greats that blend technical guitar work with crushing heaviness. The riffs are one of the things that can be a little annoying however. There is that "start/stop" feel to a lot of them which really gets to me at times. The changing tempos and great lead filled extreme Death Metal are more than enough to compensate for this as SEEDS OF DESOLATION show they can bombard the listener with skill and brutality equally offering an interesting and rewarding listen.
Vocal wise this demo is pretty impressive with some sick guttural growling and some shrieking to go along with it. Enough variety to prevent being too repetitive and boring - although the leads along make this impossible with them sounding often more like CHILDREN OF BODOM than those over done SLAYER leads - and not enough variety to become annoying. The drums are adequate but nothing special as SEEDS OF DESOLATION really appear to be pushing the guitar work to the front. The production is also pretty good, clear enough to hear the details which makes a great demo sound.
Overall I'd say this band is definitely one to watch, can't wait to hear a full length. (Online September 9, 2002)