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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
Our score 7

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.

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bombs_away_ 3/20/2007 4:59:43 PM

frrrrrrrrrt


ofgo_ 3/20/2007 5:05:27 PM

i like this album


oneyeopen_ 3/20/2007 5:42:44 PM

great album...took a few listens but its a solid record


anonymous 3/20/2007 6:32:06 PM

hahaha where did webby get this 15 yr old from? yet another wack lamegoat review...this band blows donkeydcks


anonymous 3/20/2007 6:40:39 PM

Another lamegoat anonymous poster, this album slays!


threexs_ 3/20/2007 6:45:01 PM

i think there's more corn in iowa


hotaction_ 3/20/2007 7:39:21 PM

spot on review. sounds like theres a little shadows fall too. oh and can this whole over triggered bass drum sound end soon? thank you. but yeah other than that ok.


notorious_dob_ 3/20/2007 9:07:21 PM

stopped reading here - Hardly the home of metal, sans a few bands willing to bring the mosh.


baobab_ 3/21/2007 9:13:58 AM

stopped reading here - Hardly the home of metal, sans a few bands willing to bring the mosh. posted by notorious_dob () on 3/20/2007 9:07:21 PM


xSeanHannityx_ 3/21/2007 8:27:25 PM

I don't know anything abot this band, but once I read "bring the mosh", I knew it was a shit review. dwep the gay who wrote this.


defecation_ 3/22/2007 4:48:38 AM

what in the f*ck?


Fur_Beach_ 3/22/2007 9:51:05 PM

this review makes AP look like the New York Times.


wizardsbeard_ 3/23/2007 2:39:34 PM

This is an extremely generic and, therefore, practically information-less review. A "slaughter of brutal riffs, breakdowns, and blastbeats"? Jesus christ.


anonymous 3/23/2007 5:08:23 PM

This is the worst album evar, someone reviewed it who obviously knows whats hip in the music scene. Why wouldn't your opinion matter more than theirs? Thats right, because you're a dumbass.


StormFront_ 3/24/2007 5:35:08 PM

this album is great, and if the first song is your fav, something is wrong with ya, cause thats the weakest one on the album


anonymous 3/27/2007 11:17:40 PM

Talking shit about how a review is written is what trendy wanna-be elitists who suck dck for "sweet drugs" do. f*ckin c*ntscabs


fucklambgoat_ 3/28/2007 1:57:37 PM

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"....which is what another lame generic version of the same style...f*ck that and f*ck lambgoat


fucklambgoat_ 3/28/2007 1:59:31 PM

HAHA this band does blow donkey dcks! word!


anonymous 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


shitass_ 3/28/2007 2:03:26 PM

haha look at the reviews favorite bands...no wonder he gives good reviews to bullshit


anonymous 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.


durp_ 5/6/2008 3:41:32 AM

awesome band. awesome CD.


BobbyBoulders_ 6/16/2008 1:47:23 AM

Hail Satan!