UNHOLY DEATH (USA/Mi): s/t 7″ Ep 1999 Transparent

UNHOLY DEATH (USA/Mi): s/t 7

There are labels that decide to work on extremely heterogeneous material, trying to catch everything even vaguely decent ranging from punk rock to street core to Death Metal and put it on vinyl, labels such as Transparent from Michigan. I don’t know if this method generate its fruits, but Transparent is not on the way so far to become one of my favourite producers of heavy melodies. While rather chaotic and vigorous, and with a good structured guitarwork (if not technically, from a purely stylistical point of view), this band doesn’t stir the beast in me. Vocals are gritty, of the shrieking but raw sort, but two big minutiae don’t convince me in the whole, the mixing is appalling (and don’t blame on me that I am picky on these things) and I have the constant feeling that one guitar has been forgotten during the mastering. That is, you can tell especially during the solos that one guitar is far too little for a band like this that could be called more than decent after all. Get a second guitarist (and become at least a three piece as no drummer is present) and change studio, this material might be good for a promo or demo tape, not for a vinyl debut. Despite to all this, I have come to dig somewhat hidden beneath the mud at the fourth listen. The 7″ is 3 dollars.
Transparent rec., 6759 Transparent Drive Clarkston, MI 48346, USA

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