Subversive By Nature
Review by Adam M on May 3, 2011.
A Punk and Grind influenced Thrash/Death album is brought forward by Siege Of Hate. The mood of the album is one of aggression and that shows through in the numerous twenty tracks found. The band goes for a visceral approach over a thoughtful one as seen from the brief length of each track. The music here certainly has energy and reasonable instrumental performances, but it does tend to sound a little generic as well.
The music carries forth similar vibe to that of an album like "Arise" by Sepultura with a Thrash sound that wouldn’t be out of place in the Death Metal genre. Similarly, the vocals here sound like those of Max Cavelera, though they aren’t as convincing. That’s not to say the music here doesn’t have its strong points, because it does. A certain raw passion is given to the songs which makes them have an appealing angst-ridden quality. The band changes tempos slightly with 'The Future Is Your Gift', which features longer, more drawn-out riffs, but mostly everything here is done with a furious and intensely fast approach. Despite the earlier comparison to Sepultura, there is an undeniable Grind feeling to the songs as well with the quick, razor sharp riffs.
On the whole "Subversive By Nature" is a decent release, but certainly nothing special. There is enough catchiness to become somewhat addicted to the songs, though they don’t contain much depth. Fans of Thrash, Death and Grind Metal all might find something to like with it, even if they don’t go away overly enamoured.
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Rating: 6.6 out of 10