Hell yeah, the second EP of the Dens around SACRIFICIAL guitarist Asmus Thomsen is the absolute smasher and is clearly superior to “Sex, Slugs & Rock’N’Roll”. “Rotten” or better the five included tracks offer absolutely merciless Rock that is however always dominated by Thrash and Death Metal or the other way around, anyway, all these musical influences have been perfectly combined. The ripping sound does the rest and makes the five smashers seem even more ripping.
You are almost tempted to cite such cult bands as DISMEMBER or ENTOMBED, because as for the sound, SLUGS feel home in exactly these regions. Especially ENTOMBED were able to excite their fans during their rocking phase even though the thrashy influences have in fact never been present with the Swedes. And this is exactly what SLUGS rely on and here the thrashy Roots serve as essential fertile soil on which the songs are built and refined by the most diverse ingredients. Just take the riffs on the opener “Jihat”, reminding in best DARK ANGEL manner, and believe it or not, this thing does not only make your hair spin but at the same time rocks the proper four walls. Powerful and unbelievably fat also “Puta Policia”, sown with harsh screaming and an ending that for a short time evokes thoughts of IRON MAIDEN.
Besides all power SLUGS know how to interweave amazing melodies and do so at the cost of the massive sharpbess. So “Anti Revolutionary” blows past you like a hurricane as well and once again excites you by the perfect mixture of all the aforementioned styles. “Denial” is a first class Thrash roll as well and all those who count THE HAUNTED among their favorites should definitely check it out. This band does not only have groove but also the necessary brutality to evoke attention beyond the borders soon. The closing title track approaches a bit more slowly and as I haven’t mentioned it before (…or maybe I have?) the rocky side shines through again.
The second sign of life of the Dens is more than capital and the devil (...or some other guy) would have to be involved if no suitable label’s attention was called to this band soon. Those who can’t wait as long as that should soon try it on the homepage and order “Rotten” as fast as they can. (Online May 23, 2004)