MODERN AGE SLAVERY - Damned To Blindness

Modern Age Slavery - Damned To Blindness

12 songs
40:19 minutes
***** ****


Deathcore is normally neither related to Italy nor to Napalm Records. The rather disgusting cover artwork didn’t motivate me either to have a closer look. Fortunately first impressions can be misleading, making me after all claim that Modern Age Slavery are one of the better extreme metal bands I have heard in a long time.

After an irritating noisy intro, the first regular song Red Lines Of Obsession proves amazingly how angry and aggressive a band can sound. Despite the high velocity, Modern Age Slavery manage constantly to keep track of what’s going on, surprising again and again with unexpected complex structures. Especially the guitar tandem stands out strongly for this kind of music. Some pieces, like the title track and Descent To Oblivion, are so fast and unrelenting that the musicians’ efforts are already some kind of high-performance sport. The vocals are raw but integrate perfectly into the overall sound. Numerous changes of pace add to the dynamic nature and therefore exceptional quality of the music.

I thought that after so many years, it would be next to impossible to come up with something new in the death- and metalcore genres. Many bands are formalistically excellent but hardly innovate. Damned To Blindness is different because every time you listen to it, you will discover something new. The songs may not be too catchy due to their complex structures, but they know how to thrill and will certainly cause for neckaches after concerts. The CD ends with a cover version of Entombed’s classic Wolverine Blues, adequately played on low tuned guitars, making for a nice Black Sabbath touch.

The year may still be young, but Modern Age Slavery have already good chances to become the newcomer of 2009. Fans of Cephalic Carnage and Job For A Cowboy are perfectly served here.

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