Syzslak When Demons Ride Angels
By Marcus Pan
Ive always been highly
critical of black and speed metal. I even throw the two together into the same
bucket even though purists will certainly be able to tell you the difference
between the two. But regardless, the reason why I dont like it much is
because most of it is rather badly done. A good portion of artists
will do black metal simply for the reason that playing fast, loud and
obnoxiously will hide the fact that they suck balls. I get a lot of it.
Im unimpressed most of the time.
Syzslak show some talent though, much more than most. You
can hear it in the breakdowns and technical make-up of their music. On the
nominal When Demons Ride Angels, which is Syzslaks third release
to date, you can hear the obvious talent with the guitar solos, tight rhythms
and though it wasnt recorded in a billion dollar studio it does a fine
job of being recorded at Deathstar Studio where Worldeater Records base
themselves. It was this track that convinced me to write this article.
Begun in Denver as a two piece with Kate and Joe, Brian
Nothing joined as the guitarist in 2002. All three share vocal duties with Kate
on bass and Joe on drums. When Demons Ride Angels is a nine track
consisting of raw, thunderous and explosive tracks that retain enough anger for
black metal purists but dont stray too far into the blarghy blargh
BOO SCARY BLARG! growling territory you always see me bitching about.
Throughout it all you can still hear the talent present,
proving that there are black metalists who can really play their instruments
well and not just fast. Check out Brians guitar work in Psycho
Connection for example or Reeks of Despair as two other examples
besides the already mentioned When Demons Ride Angels. They throw in a
bit of fast-thrash punk in the mix with WWJB as well, having a Sex
Pistols kind of sound but with larger and non-stop instrumentation.
Im hoping this doesnt open the black metal
floodgates again because Ive reviewed yet another one. Im not
making a habit of this, I swear, but occasionally Ill find something
interesting and Syzslaks When Demons Ride Angels is an example of
this. Let me state however
typically speaking, Legends Magazine does not
review black metal. Syzslak just got lucky because theyre better than
most of the shit in this genre Ive already kicked off the schedule.
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