For those looking to corrupt your friends from ‘normal’ Heavy Metal to the darker side of Death Metal, this might be the perfect CD. My background is that I used to like all kinds of music (except Rap and Country), then started liking Queensryche a lot, then got hooked on Metal of all kinds (except Death and Black).
My friend who hooked me on Metal, likes the heavier stuff, especially Death. I listened to it a few times but it never grabbed me. I didn’t MIND it, as it became basically ‘white noise’ which worked fine as background music, but it wasn’t anything I would have put into the CD player on my own.
Then I saw this CD in a Borders’. Read a review of it on one of their various computers scattered around. Almost bought it, didn’t, and asked my friend to bring it over sometime. Immediately on hearing it I knew I really liked the music. The vocals, well, they didn’t grab me but the odd thing was I could understand them (the first time that’s really happened).
So I picked up the CD. I still can’t listen to it over and over, and usually it gets put into a mix, but I _do_ like it. The melody of the guitars and drums workes very nicely, and the voice isn’t too overpowering. Plus, the lyrics, if you read them, are well done and evocative. It only gets a 4 because I’m not very experienced in the genre and it’s NOT one of my top 10 Metal CDs. As a crossover (from normal to Death metal) CD though, it might just rate a 5.