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Review: Discern - To Praise With Persecution
To Praise With Persecution

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 38:32
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 4, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
To Praise With Persecution

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

I've not come across that many Christian bands in my time, with only Aussie death metallers Mortification being the ones that really spring to mind as being anything worthy of listening to. That was of course until this little baby turned up in my mail box, and pleasantly surprised me with its bombastic savage death metal overtones. Discern formed in Dallas back in 1997, releasing an EP in 1998, before this (their debut full length) came out earlier this year.

The intro (which is dedicated to the late Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner) tears out of the traps at a rate of knots, replete with flailing early Morbid Angel styled solos and blasting Death-like beats, setting the scene nicely for the rest of the album. However, there are a few things that make Discern stand out for me (apart from the lyrical content of course), the first being a slightly bluesy tinge on some of the solos, seemingly influenced more by Randy Rhodes than Trey Azagthoth, and the odd musical section which reminds me of some really great old school trad metal (check out 'The Anointing' for a great example of what I mean - lead guitarist Rick Hunter-Martinez can certainly rip with the best of them). The main influences here would be 'Altars of Madness' era Morbid Angel, with touches of Immolation's 'Dawn of Possession' thrown in, and of course, similarities to the aforementioned Mortification in musical style as well as lyrical topics (though to be honest, you can't really tell what Billy Fraser is saying half the time as he adopts a gurgling guttural death metal drawl which suits the music perfectly).

So, this is actually a pretty solid and consistent release proving that the devil doesn't always have all the best tunes (sorry, couldn't resist). Good ol' fashioned death metal, the way it used to be before every fucker and their uncle starting triggering drums and trying to outplay each other.

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