DEW SCENTED are the type of band which apply an excessive amount of pressure to the accelerator and refuse to ease off whether rounding sharp turns or flying over jagged precipices. In many circumstances this situation of manic speed inspires dense head-banging and loss of bodily functions as you convulse and inflict self-whiplash until your diapers are packed tighter than a can of sardines. “Issue VI”, however, tends to lose control and focus flying around corners recklessly and ultimately turning the whole goddamn thing into a bit of a train-wreck. Fortunately for us, a spastic wreck sheds enough flame and violence to provide a bit of shallow enjoyment in the mix of our pathetic existence.
This is Thrash Metal; never has a statement been so convoluted and half-true as in DEW SCENTED’s case. This is not the logical extension of “Coma Of Souls” or “Bonded By Blood”, rather it is a bit of a self-parody following in the ever so light footsteps of “Who’s Gonna Burn?” and “One Kill Wonder”. Riffs are spit at you sometimes with the enraged strength of a lion and others with the vicious spite of a camel; such is the plight of the watered down riffage of Post-Thrash. Hendrik Bache and Marvin Vriesde can be pummeling the shit out of you one minute (“Bled Dry”) and then absolutely lose focus and offer a weak slap to the mouth (“The Prison Of Reason”). When the album is on it is definitely enjoyable but unfortunately the chugging lifeless riffs without balls permeate much of this mess and leave you in that absent-minded reality where you feel as though your time could have been better spent on a more developed and energetic disc.
The musicianship is quite on as Bache and Vriesde do boast talent; which can be viewed in some of the more pleasant lead-work (“Vortex” boasting the best). Alexander Pahl can be depicted in the background rocking out on his bass and only suffers from the fact his role is somewhat uninteresting in the blasé song structures. I also must make the viewer well aware of drummer Uwe Werning who, although is not the best thing since sliced bread, can certainly hold his own with fancy foot-work and decent fills. My only complaint in this outfits ability (besides the inability to pen solid compositions) is vocalist Leif Jensen. The rough vocals range from decent to utterly forgettable. I normally enjoy such an aggressive approach but he seems to be meandering in a realm of not rough enough to be truly vicious and not clean enough to gel completely with the axe-work. Perhaps I have missed the mark but something about his approach does not completely get the job done in my eyes and is only made more blatantly obvious when confronted with the fact that these 12 tracks are overly vocal-focused when they should be riff-oriented.
“Issue VI” is certainly not horrible but it definitely falls far below my quality radar and simply does not grasp you by the scrotum and demand attention. Further development in the riff department and song structures would benefit the project greatly as well as losing the vocal emphasis and cranking Bache and Vriesde up to 11. This is an album you tap your foot to rather than recklessly head-bang; full of tracks which perhaps could serve as filler on a better album but certainly do not stand up to the pressures of a solid long-player. The final nail in the coffin is the fact that the album drags along for over 50 minutes. This is fault once again to the compositional skills as most of these tracks should not exceed 3 minutes with the current host of mediocre riffs but in many instances are allowed to be bloated incomprehensibly. If you are an unabashed fan of CARNAL FORGE, THE HAUNTED, or BLOOD RED ANGEL then this album may satisfy your needs; for the rest of us we prefer at least 70 proof. (Online March 2, 2006)