Slaves Of Virgo / $20.00

Slaves Of Virgo

$20

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R E L E A S E D

March 2007

P R O D U C E D B Y

dw Norton

A R T W O R K B Y

Richard De Silva

 


T R A C K   L I S T I N G


1. Do The World A Favor
2. Obtuse: The Essence Of Indifference
3. Deloris
4. Army Of The Vigilant
5. Pinholes
6. Decree Nisi
7. Asleep In The House Of Fables
8. M
9. The Rise And Fall Of Red Sparrows
10. Slaves Of Virgo
11. The Harridan Marathon


 R E V I E W S




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Drawing comparisons with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge and Fantomas - and with the all-too-common Mike Patton comparison applied to vocalist Adam Glynn - Slaves is chaotic to the core. It can be hard to find your feet listening to a release such as this, with angular riffs and off-kilter vocals all over the place, but I was relieved to discover just enough melody, groove and experimentation to draw the listener in and repel any possibility of boredom.

But make no mistake, this is 40 minutes of intense and powerful heavy metal that leaves you wanting so much more.

The lone breaks among the barrage are in "Deloris" - written and recorded originally by jazz metal band Extra Virgin/Simian Gibbet, former home of 5*PC's guitarist Marek Holain and bassist Cam MacDonald - and "Asleep In The House Of Fables".

Almost as if it were a joke, the listener is treated to a mere 53 seconds of breathing time with the instrumental before being smashed square in the face by "M", which could be described as a more brutal Meshuggah.

The next song, "The Rise And Fall Of Red Sparrows", is jazzy, groovy and - with guest vocals provided by Glynn's Coitus Bund bandmate Rebekah Chapman - provides a welcome contrast to the almost inpenetrable wall of sound present in the preceeding track.

But apart from these slight variations, Slaves Of Virgo is an unconpromising, brutal and fuck-off-heavy ball of metal. There is an unmistakable sense of mass to the production courtesy of dw Norton - previously of Superheist and now with Walk the Earth - which makes the comparisons to Dillinger and Converge all the more accurate.

By the time it comes to its heaving sigh of a conclusion with "The Harridan Marathon", Slaves of Virgo will surely have pleased any fan of math metal, tech metal or pythagorean metal (or whatever other stupid title is coined tomorrow).


 
 
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