Roughly one year after their previous three tracker "Deadweight", Finnish Deathers CALMSITE are back with - another three tracks, this time under the title of "Steelpit". And if I may say so, there is not overtly much that has changed within this year.
Now don't get me wrong, we do not get a copy of the songs of back then, CALMSITE just do not have changed their style. Again, why should they? They still play a Death Metal in between the schools, but with more groove, a more rocking kind. Basically this is the main difference to "Deadweight", if you want, they have added more groove, which is especially evident in the closing "Concrete Prayer", which at times really only is linked to Death Metal through the gruff voice of fronter Petri.
But I already am at the end of the MCD, so let's go to the start now. "Asskin" is a melodic, easy going Groove Death Metaller that plods along at a steady, mid paced rhythm, with solid riffing and the occasional melodic lead (as in the very beginning), enough heaviness to boot plus Petri's gruff voice, but with more groove to it than before. "Mudwhip" is a straight, more upbeat song, with a very good slower melodic lead in it that loosens up the song nicely, maybe the best song and at the same time maybe the song that is closest do "Deadweight".
I already mentioned closing "Concrete Prayer", a lot more groovy, at times even with a fuzzy sound to the guitars, which partly even are reduced in their role, not exactly my cup of tea, even though still well done.
I had liked "Deadweight" a lot, so I had high hopes for "Steelpit" and I am not a too big fan of the groovy side of Death Metal and neither of fuzzy sounds, so the last song is not up my alley, but the first two songs definitely are, so for rocking and grooving Death CALMSITE still are a good address to go to! (Online July 5, 2003)