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Seance - Saltrubbed Eyes (9/10) - Sweden - 1994

Genre: Death Metal / Thrash Metal
Label: Black Mark
Playing time: 36:12
Band homepage: Seance

Tracklist:

  1. Soulerosion
  2. 13th Moon
  3. Saltrubbed Eyes
  4. Controlled Bleeding
  5. Angelmeat (Part II)
  6. TIl Death Do Us Join
  7. Sanctum
  8. Skinless
  9. Hidden Under Scars
Seance - Saltrubbed Eyes

What we have here is nothing less than a classical album. Jensen, these days know from Thrash Metallers THE HAUNTED, plays an important role on this album, pumping out devastating riffs at an awesome pace. In my opinion this is a much better record than anyone of THE HAUNTED, only their debut can compare itself to this gem. Short SLAYER alike solos helps the record sound chaotic, along with harsh yet understandable vocals. The record contains fast drumming, but not blast-beating style. Talking about drums, the bass drums are placed wonderfully in the mix, making those slow parts so much better.

 

The production is taken care of by Berno Studio and even back in 1993 (the album was recorded in 1993 and released in 1994) those people knew what they where doing. I really like what they did to the last record by DERANGED and the same can be said about the production job on this one. The guitar cuts like a chainsaw, the bass guitar is distorted and up in the mix. I'm not an expert in how to produce or mix an album, but I know they must have done something right here.

 

There are many records which only have a good production, personally I prefer good music with bad recording before bad music with good recording. The ultimate is of course doing both things at the same time and in that SEANCE have succeeded with “Saltrubbed Eyes” (Sounds good, don't it?). If you for some reason need melody in your music I don't think this record is for you. You would have a hard time finding anything familiar with melody, but what you will find is an intense record combining Thrash and Death Metal with both passion and aggression.

 

I've read some interviews through the years and I've noticed that many bands say that the lyrics don't matter that much. I think that lyrics matter and I appreciate when they actually tell something. The lyrics on this record are a mix of small horror stories, about people waiting to day, people with mental diseases.

 

My favourite track on this CD is “Angelmeat (Part II)”, it starts with some infernal screaming, it actually sounds kind of creepy. Then the bass drums kick in and set the standard, the song is a slow one with attention on the bass too. I think that the bass guitar is an underrated instrument, I don't like it the way PRIMUS uses it, but this record is an example of how I like it.

 

This record is recommended for every one that is into Death Metal. Of course there are some Thrash fans who will appreciate it too, but I think some of them will be put off by the harsh vocals, these records are seldom and shall not be forgotten, it seems like quality is timeless. (Online October 9, 2004)

Arve Henriksen



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