Sunday, December 30, 2007
Denial Fiend = Best New Band
Denial Fiend are a new band featuring Kam Lee (Massacre, ex-Death, Shadows with Knives), Curtis Beeson (Nasty Savage, ex-Lowbrow, ex-Fester), Terry Butler (Massacre, ex-Death, Six Feet Under, Shadows with Knives), and Sam Williams (Shadows with Knives, Down by Law, Pseudo Heroes). The music on their debut "They Rise" can be described as "Horror Metal." The music is heavily influenced by death metal, thrash, and horror punk. Lyrically influenced by old school horror films. Not the shitty Nu-horror kiddie films. "They Rise" has a very original sound. A breath of fresh air from all the trendy -core bands. Even though Denial Fiend's influences consists of mainly old school metal and horror punk bands, they are NOT a fucking retro-metal band who tries to sound like they came out in 1985. No modern trends here!
"They Rise" features some of Kam's best vocal performances to date. He sounds evil as fuck and can sound very demonic at times. After a huge absence from the metal scene, he proves that he still has it. Kam is hands down the greatest death metal vocalist alive. Lots of great riffs can be found here. Sam Williams is a riff master and his solos are fucking great. This album is just perfect. Not a single weak song can be found on it. Interesting fact is the track entitled "L.O.D." is a re-worked version of "Legions of Doom" from Death's 1983 "Death By Metal" demo back when they went by the name of Mantas. The very first death metal recording. "They Rise" is the album of 2007 as far as I'm concerned. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that "They Rise" is one of the greatest metal albums of all time.
OVERALL RATING: 10+/10