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Dead At The Scene – Sharktopus

August 13, 2010 by  

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Dead At The Scene – Sharktopus

NAME: Dead At The Scene
EP: Sharktopus
DATE: 17June2010

LABEL: Unsigned


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Stereotypical metalcore, with a bite!

LOCATION: Edinburgh, Scotland

LINE UP: Keith Muddiman (vocals), Ryan Stredwick (guitar), Barry Thomson (bass), Sean McDonald (drums), Kris Kournavos (guitar).


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Firstly, I must address the outrageous title of this E.P: `Sharktopus’ certainly couldn’t be an adequate title for the latest Keane record, and I respect its evocative imagery. Generally, I will consider reviewing any bands that are audacious enough to use a fictitious creature as their release name.

Introductory track, `Daae’, alludes to Lamb of God’s signature belligerence but offers momentary respite in the form of a melodic chorus. Any metal fan will have heard the track’s ubiquitous song structure of tormented screams blended with clean singing, however Dead At The Scene seem adept at executing it.

Track two, `Echoes’, doesn’t quite match the competence of its predecessor, due to its abundance of clichéd and tiresome breakdowns. Even the track’s promising climax of post-metal cannot rescue `Echoes’ from disappointment.

Afterwards, `Fireworks’ expands on the group’s post-metal sensibilities, resulting in a liberating instrumental track that acts as a hospitable sanctuary from the aggressive vocals of Keith Muddiman.

Nevertheless, Muddiman returns for `Turns Out He’s Luke’s Father’: a song that launches with the remorseless intensity of Converge, before developing into a noteworthy presentation of prototypically frenzied metal.

Dead At The Scene may not exude originality, but metalcore fans will be sure to find redeeming aspects in `Sharktopus’.

SOUNDS LIKE: The Acaica Strain’s latest album; after Devil Sold His Soul broke into their studio and added intermittent helpings of their post-metal.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: The repetitive nature of metalcore doesn’t alter your positive opinion of the genre.

LINK: http://www.myspace.com/dats

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