AVENGER OF BLOOD – ON SLAYING GROUNDS (Times End Records/Salem Rose Music)

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AvengerOfBloodcdcoverOnSlayingGroundsReview by Nathan McLeod: Review by Nathan McLeod: Must say this is not the “Avenger Of Blood” that I remember say a decade ago. Was actually expecting a lot more from this Las Vegas, NV thrash metal act. Really not impacted or moved with their “On Slaying Grounds” release.

Starting out with the vocals of “R.A. Carnage”, which are extremely unappealing. I don’t even know where to place this guy vocally other than he cannot sing! Just bloody horrible! It’s as almost as if “R.A. Carnage” is trying & at the same time struggling with efforts of sounding like “Mille Petrozza”? He has nothing on “Eric Greaney”, their vocalist who appeared on the “Avenger Of Blood” first two (2) full-length CDs. (get this guy back!) … “Eric Greaney” actually has the “Mille Petrozza” vocal style down.

With “Avenger Of Blood” & musically appearing on, “On Slaying Grounds” sounds a lot like a band performing live with the inability of hearing one another in the monitors. Won’t go as far as saying completely outa time, but a bit all over the place. In addition too & so it seems “Avenger Of Blood” started to hint upon a more death/thrash sound with “On Slaying Grounds”. The drums of “Shannon Frye” hit on the death metal genre with a bit of some hardcore moments whilst the guitars of “Brandon Gulling” at a moderate thrash metal tempo.

When the guitar leads of “Jason Constantine” enter, they are excellent. But with the actual timing of the leads & production, they sound very much outa place with the rhythm of the rest of the band. This is totally not the guitar work of “Eric Greaney & Nathan Fichter” & or “Eric Greaney & Marc Flores” appearing on “Complete Annihilation & Death Brigade” with “Brandon Gulling & Jason Constantine” appearing on, “On Slaying Grounds”. The chemistry is just not there.

I can barely hear the bass of “Jeremy Hamilton”. Think a lot has to do with the levels of the snare drum of “Shannon Frye” too high & over powering as the bass levels of “Jeremy Hamilton” just too low. Which does make me wonder why there is no production nor engineering credits appearing in “On Slaying Grounds”? Production overall is just not the greatest.

I will give this though to “Avenger Of Blood”, there is a lotta power & aggression with them as a band, as a whole appearing on, “On Slaying Grounds”. I would definitely advise the viewer here to take a listen to this prior to purchasing: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-RBR84CF0uJyEilG6wLSwXQLRzf_mK0_ … Who knows, others opinions may differ than mine in this review?

My rating: 75/100 (Decent but best previewing)

Avenger Of Blood:
*R.A. Carnage – Vocals
*Brandon Gulling – Guitar
*Jeremy Hamilton – Bass
*Shannon Frye – Drums
*Jason Constantine – Guitar

On Slaying Grounds track info:
I) On Slaying Grounds II) Warbound III) Sealed In Blood IV) Aggressive Psychotic Behavior V) Under The Death Cross VI) Instruments Of Chaos VII) Spawn Of Evil VIII) Echoes Of Bloodshed IX) A Curse From The Grave – total run-time, 35:05.

Artwork by Rudi Gorgingsuicide: artwork.rudi@gmail.com

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