|Review: Sentinel Beast - Depths of Death (Reissue)|
|Depths of Death (Reissue)|
Label: MDD Records
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 1986
Review online: February 2, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Depths of Death (Reissue)
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
It is hard to imagine a more exciting time to be a heavy metal fan than the '80s when it was all new and evolving every day. That said, we are in another special time in the 21st century with the ready availability of both new and old music. Back in the day, I missed so many releases due to their physical nature and a general lack of funds which meant I had to make hard choices and leave many tempting albums in the record store bin only to find it gone if/when I had the money to go back. Now, much of that material is being reissued and I get to catch up on missed opportunities.
I distinctly remember seeing the cover of Sentinel Beast’s Depths of Death album somewhere in my travels, but never heard a note until this reissue from MDD Records dropped into my review queue. This California band played metal that took the speedier, crunchier NWOBHM riffing style of Metallica to the next level, à la early Megadeth and Agent Steel. The vocals are a higher and more annoyed version of Dave Mustaine with some screams that approach John Cyriis, but are generally a bit weak. While Sentinel Beast’s sound may have been similar to some of the bigger names of the early ‘80s, their songwriting was not at the same level. The riffs are on the generic side, and I wondered where I’d heard a few of them and if the song that was on was actually a cover. Turns out they did cover Iron Maiden’s "Phantom of the Opera" and did an admirable job with the guitars and the singer kind of sounds like Di’Anno, but they’ve sped it up to where everything gets tangled and messy, especially if you try to follow the lyrics. I’m glad I finally had the chance to hear an album I missed 30+ years ago and, while I wouldn’t call it bad, time hasn’t changed the fact it is a middle of the pack effort.
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