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CD Review: Condemned EP


Mix two parts aggression, one part melody and you've got the winning combination behind Condemned's four song EP. Their music caters to the fans of 70s style metal with its clever solos, dark tonalities and versatile features. Condemned is confident that whether you're ready to thrash or just sit back and soak up the sound, you'll be impressed.

Strengths
With monstrous growls and low rumbles, Jorge brings a compelling intensity to the soundscape. He has the capacity to deliver a raspy roar (like in "Lies & Deceit") but also to lull into a dreamlike chant (like in "When Death Arrives"). Guitarist Nelson Filipe and Bassist Jeff Silviera show their skills at intertwining old school metal licks with a full-bodied, modern sound. You can expect more solos than your average 2005 rock band but it's a welcomed melodic journey in the midst of heavy aggression. Marco Onorato drums hard and heavy to keep audiences in a frenzy of emotion.

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Weaknesses
Understandably recording a full-length album is a costly endeavor, but true Condemned fans have been waiting three years for the band to squeeze out this EP. They don't play out enough to satisfy the manic mind. Patience is a virtue but certainly not a reality in the Metal world. However, the quality is very clear and professional, the songs killer, so it seems that this EP is a solid representation of good things to come.

You might like if you're a fan of:
Metallica. Pantera. Iron Maiden. Black Sabbath. Lamb of God. Alice In Chains. Black Label Society. Baroque. Slayer.

Favorite Track: When Death Arrives (4)

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Jennn's CD Index:
1 - I'll give you $10 if you can make it through the whole CD
2 - I'm not a fan, but someone might like it somewhere
3 - There are a couple offbeat tracks but it's 90% ROCKIN
4 - This CD rocks my world in its entirety. Buy or die.
5 - Go see them live, support them, join the cult.


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