Back in 2003, the whole deathcore style was still slowly building up steam, and new bands were starting to emerge. Among them was All Shall Perish, who released Hate.Malice.Revenge to a small, but very hungry crowd. While the release isn’t anything spectacular, it was a notable entry into the deathcore scene, but perhaps the very first stereotypical deathcore album.
After a few demo releases, Byzantine has found a home with Prosthetic Records. Their first full length album, The Fundamental Component, is the labor of many years of hard work, dedication, and limited demo runs (their 2002 demo Pieces Of The Empire having two versions made of it, but only 10 copies available of each). So, after all this time, you’d imagine this release would be a must own CD, right?
The groove/thrash metal band Byzantine‘s second release, “…And They Shall Take Up Serpents” is just more of the same from their debut full length album, but with more technicality and tenacity that the debut album seemed to lack. There are also more tracks on this release with a thrash sound, which could either make or break the album.
Diatribes is considered one of the worst Napalm Death albums to be recorded. Considering the dramatic change in their music from when they started to what they have at the time of this review, it’s obvious that some of their work during the transition won’t be up to par with the rest. Well, this one cannot be sugar coated, it’s a bad album.
Napalm Death have once again continued to change their style, and on this release, it has become nothing all that inspiring. Fear, Emptiness, Despair is just another decent album by this band, though not their worst by any stretch of imagination.
Disturbed has changed a lot since their debut, and it seems that with this album, Indestructible, they have come to what will hopefully be the final big shift in their music. This album is far from their debut, Down With The Sickness, but it shows a real maturity within the band, and is simply superior in comparison.