I have never cared for this band or their music at any given moment, but here I am with this CD. “Dead March“ starts out rather melodic and catchy. It's an instrumental filled with simplistic riffs and double bass drumming. It goes from nothing to Death Metal vocals toward the end and the steam begins to pick up. “Preemptive Strike“ is where the shit hits the fan. The traditional DM style along with the bands signature sound is all in place. The drum work is somewhat complex and I'll be damned that the ride cymbal is loud. You will notice it being used a lot because of the way original drummer Dave Culross strikes it. The solos on here are also very wicked and sick.
Things were mellow compared to “Murder Reigns“ where things get more aggressive. The blasts are there and the vocals get more aggro. It is the guitar solo that remains to be the star of the show. They may be loud and fast, but there is a certain charm to it that makes the songs stand out more. The tracks pretty much are all in the same tempo with the exception of a few picking up the pace a little and getting a bit more aggressive.
Yes, the band is legendary in the DM world and they are good at what they do, but it's very uninspiring and it's all been done before. The only thing that stands out like I said was the guitar solos and the ride cymbal. If it must be in your collection, then be it otherwise, save your scratch for something better and believe me it's out there. (Online October 19, 2004)