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Review: Horrified - Sentinel

Label: Testimony Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 30:51
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: October 12, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

The U.K.'s Horrified have some new music for us all in 2019 courtesy of the EP Sentinel. At nearly 31 minutes, this EP is longer than some albums in the '80s (like almost every early Van Halen album, for instance) but such is the way of things. Sentinel sees the band going back to the progressive death metal we heard on 2016's Of Despair and away from some of the epic vibe present on 2017's Allure of the Fallen. This is still not your '90s "thrash and gore" fest, though. Horrified give us some beautiful, introspective melodies to start out tracks like "Awaiting Restitution" and "The Pessimist" before ramping up the intensity. The vocals are still a blackened howl and the riff work complex without veering into self-indulgence. I don't think the songwriting is at the level of Allure of the Fallen, an album that suited my taste with its diversity a bit more than the straighter ahead approach on Sentinel. It is solid death metal nevertheless and should have a lot of appeal for fans of Horrendous and maybe Atheist and later Death.

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Review: Allure of the Fallen (reviewed by MetalMike)
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Review: Of Despair (reviewed by MetalMike)
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