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Landscapes of Condolence

To be honest, I don't really know any bands from Estonia prior to Surrogoat. So with this well-produced demo I begin to get to know Estonian metal underground a bit more. Surrogoat have been around for about six years building their own style from primitive black metal to eventually evolving into a death/thrash sound. This is their second demo with six songs. Stylewise they draw influence from late nineties deathmetal as well as some newer styled stuff like Machine Head or even Pantera. Most of the songs are midpaced with a lot of double kick backbone and shredding guitarwork, but at times they also engage into faster and more hooky approach like in "El Nino Satanicos" which is definitely the most outstanding track on this recording with it's grinding moments and variable speeds. The sound is great, crisp and clear but the bass drum is definitely too loud taking a lot of the lower register away from the bass. The guitars are really thrashy, not polished like so many bands use to have these days. The vocals remind me a lot of Max Cavalera, and they suit here perfectly. The lyrics are a bit turkey I would say, a lot of stuff about pain and anguish. It's a pretty damn good demo with pro-printed covers and all, although I do find the surrealist sleeve art somewhat disturbing/confusing. If all Estonian metal gets even close to what Surrogoat are able to create, they have a pretty solid scene down there.

Author: fubar

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