Released By : Twilight Zone Records
Genre : Melodic Death Metal
Links : http://www.myspace.com/devastatingenemy
01. The Fallen Prophet
02. Icarus’ Fall
03. Buried In Oblivion
05. As Bloodshed Begins
06. The Purity Paradigm
07. The Saint And The Heretic
08. Inhale The Innocence
09. A Picture Of Hatred /Razors Of Insight
10. Sculpture Of Sorrow
11. I Surrender
DEVASTATING ENEMY is a newly formed band from Austria who specialize in a very modern style of death metal. It’s a little hard to properly explain, but even though there is a lot of melodic elements to their sound they aren’t necessarily a melodeath band. Their debut album THE FALLEN PROHET also has some hits of aggressive thrash metal, a slight groove touch and even a light amount of traditional heavy metal too. One thing is for sure though, these guys know how to kick serious ass.
Right from the beginning of the first track this album cooks, and it doesn’t let up until the very end of the last track. There is a couple of slower and moody interludes here and there, but for the most part this album THE FALLEN PROPHET stays in high gear all the way through. The melodic guitar solos on the album, especially on the first single AS BLOODHSED BEGINS are as good as any I’ve heard so far in the modern metal genre and the vocals are excellent too. The song writing does tend to feel a little similar occasionally and the production may just be a little too slick and clean for a lot of metal fans, but there is much reward to be had by delving into this one.
The catchy riffs in tunes like PSYCHO, INHALE THE INNOCENCE and my personal favourite ICARUS FALL will draw you in to start with, but it’s the overall professionalism of the music on offer that will keep you coming back for more, as long you are comfortable with very modern styled metal and high production values. DEVASTATING ENEMY have shown now that they have what it takes to be a top tier artist, it’s just a matter of whether or not there’s any room left in the already crowded modern metal arena.
Written By ZeeZee
Rating : 8/10