There are two things that come from Sweden; women and Death Metal. This album was released back in '98 and is their debut album. Ex-AT THE GATES-boys, WITCHERY-guitarist, a great vocalist, and quick drummer, you couldn't ASK for a better line-up.
Now, just because there are ex-AT THE GATES-members in this band does not mean that this band IS AT THE GATES. No far from. The vocals are completely different, you won't find any THE FORSAKEN or EXHUMED-vocals here, nor will you hear any Dani Filth "glass-breaking" shrieks, it's a very fresh and nicely rounded sound. These guys are different then your ordinary Swedish Death Metal-band. They have a very unique sound.
The opening song, "Hate Song", is a quick, in-your-face, pure Metal-track. The only downside is that it's leadless, so there's no articulation. "Chasm" comes next, once again raging guitars, blaring drum-beats, etc, etc. This is a great start for a great band.
The only problem I find with this album is the same problem I found with AT THE GATES's "SotS". The songs don't really end, they just STOP. There's no finish to it. They open up nicely, blow your eyes out, but don't finish, it leaves one rather unsatisfied. And it would appear as though they have some misconception that "Rap" is good, I'm referring to "Three Times" where Marco decides to go RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE-style and do a little rapping.
All in all, it's a good debut album, I highly suggest you check it out, and if nothing else then listen to "In Vein". So this holiday season put down your Bing Crosby, and spin some Death Metal. You won't be disappointed.
Guest-review: Mittu Chari