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Reclusion - Shell Of Pain (7/10) - Sweden - 2001

Genre: Neo Thrash Metal
Label: Listenable Records
Playing time: 41:17
Band homepage: Reclusion


  1. Shell Of Pain
  2. Impulsive
  3. Pressure
  4. Reclusion
  5. The Quest
  6. Sacred Ground
  7. Unspoken Fear
  8. A Force Of One
  9. Speak The Truth
Reclusion - Shell Of Pain
From the inexhaustible Swedish fund of Metal come RECLUSION, who are on their way to take the hearts of Thrash-lunatics! After their successful 99-demo "A Force Of One" they signed with the well-known Loud'N'Proud-label, only problem: they went belly up before anything could be released.

After a few high-calibre offers French extremists Listenable finally won the contract. The already recorded album was remixed and here we go. An album that is into the Neo-Thrash-direction and should enthuse fans of PANTERA, MACHINE HEAD up to THE HAUNTED! What makes RECLUSION so interesting are the traditional influences in the guitar-work, the many breaks and the dynamic play. Only the vocals fail to impress me, for my taste it's too expressionless.

But not bad for a debut, no, it is good. The guys haven't burnt their creative powder yet, I am sure! The competition in their home-country unfortunately is merciless! But I am sure that fans, who love more modern Thrash will love this album!

Well, I think that this band will make its way, if they persist!

Ralf Henn

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