Double Barrel Remedy: Double barrel remedy
15/02/11 || Altmer
This here little E.P. is named after a song from the excellent Torture Division. I have a vague clue what to expect: death metal. This is pretty much what we get served as well. I’m known for being very very picky with the death metal I like: unlike most of the staff that metal genre pops up probably the least in my playlists. That’s not to say I don’t like death metal, because I do, but it’s not my favorite genre, and I tend to have to be very impressed with a death metal band before I’ll list them among my gods.
Said E.P. appeals to the good sensibilities of death metal. Meshuggah-ish riffs intertwine with blastier sections, groove is present, and the guitars have a nice chunking tone to them. In fact, most riffs groove ass – it’s when they blastbeat and hummingbird double bass on the drums that they lose me. The drums sound a bit weak and fake and tacked on. I have a problem with that: the seriously awful-sounding blasts ruin the faster parts.
Vocally, this is your requisite cookie monster growling. I am fucken tired of this style where you can’t hear what the guy is burping into the mic. I prefer my growls in the vein of Åkerfeldt. But hey, whatever. The guy isn’t too bad, just not my cup of tea and monster cookies. I think most death metal would be a lot more interesting if their singers did more than vomit into the microphone. That’s no different here.
So what is this? An excellently-named, above-average band with run-of-the-mill vocals. A demo with quite a few excellent parts, but songs that don’t entirely stick. And that, ladies and gents, is another death metal day at Global Domination. Thank you and goodnight, we’ve now reviewed another competent but ultimately forgettable death metal release. Stay tuned for more next week.
Recommendation: Better vocals and stop cheating on the drums, it sounds awkward.
- Released: 2010
- Label: Unsigned
- Website: Double Barrel Remedy MySpace
- Stian Langbraaten: vocals
- Kim Uleberg: guitars
- Kurt Reiersdal:
- Erik Andreassen: drums, vocals
- 01. Intro
- 02. The world keeps burning
- 03. Spinelicker
- 04. Hacksaw brain removal blues
- 05. The subterranean sound