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Year Of Desolation - Year Of Desolation
01. Elitist Death Squad
02. Running The Gauntlet
03. Suffer Thy Nemesis
04. Erasing Your Existence
05. The Economy Of Excess MP3
06. Forged In The Flames Of Malcontent
07. Gorge
08. 539
09. The Cleansing
10. Consume The Destroyer
11. All In Vain
2007 Prosthetic Records

Reviewed by: Chris Green   //   Published: 3/20/2007

Indiana: the land of corn and the home of Axl Rose and Garfield. Hardly the home of metal, sans a few bands willing to bring the mosh. Year of Desolation do just that. Their debut on Corrosive Recordings was a brutal, yet somewhat immature offering of thrash and grind. But their newest self-titled release proves to be a solid metal record in a sea of At The Gates rip-offs and cheesy fashion-core.

Year of Desolation is filled with serious riffs, guitar solos, surprising blast beats, and voracious vocals. Initial influences will lead to In Flames, Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, and a little Slayer, but Year of Desolation are able to blend all these influences into their own sound.

These songs don't break four minutes, keeping the pace fast and thrashing, while still remaining very concise. "Elitist Death Squad" is a slaughter of brutal riffs, breakdowns, and blastbeats. There's nothing too unanticipated here, but sometimes that's a nice thing. The group's use of melody doesn't detract from the intensity of these songs and fits in quite nicely without interrupting the music's attitude.

Unfortunately, the lyrics are less impressive, rarely poetic and occasionally pathetic. On "Gorge," vocalist Chad Zimmerman growls, "I'll break your fucking neck" (it's a good thing these guys have chops). Meanwhile, Zimmerman's suitable vocal delivery brings back the guttural howling of Carcass and Zao.

The technicality on this record is very impressive. The band rips it up on "The Cleansing," with bending and pummeling guitar riffs that wouldn't be out of place on a Megadeth album. All influences aside, these guys have potential to create a name for themselves with their own take on classic, straight-up metal.

Bottom Line: While this might not but the most original metal album you'll hear, these guys have what it takes. No bullshit here; just pure unadulterated metal.

BobbyBoulders_   posted 6/16/2008 1:47:23 AM
Hail Satan!
durp_   posted 5/6/2008 3:41:32 AM
awesome band. awesome CD.
anonymous   posted 3/28/2007 7:48:53 PM
This review doesn't even come cloes to doing this band justice, they only sound like bullshit bands to untrained ears, anyone over 25 should like this band.
shitass_   posted 3/28/2007 2:03:26 PM
haha look at the reviews favorite bands...no wonder he gives good reviews to bullshit
anonymous   posted 3/28/2007 2:01:35 PM
hey ()....shut the f*ck up...no one wants to hear shit from a reviewers f*ck buddy

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