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Review: Dred - A Path to Extinction
A Path to Extinction

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 23:25
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
A Path to Extinction

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

Nice little surprise here from this Australian Death/Thrash outfit.  The guttural vocals - sometimes bordering on the über-guttural but generally quite tastefully done - are accompanied by a good musical variety.  This genre is usually more on the harsher, in-your-face style, but Dred found a way to mix a little Death with a very healthy dose of old school Thrash (a few early Metallica-esque riffs can be heard here and there), and even flirting a little bit with Power/Thrash on occasion, bringing in a good dose of melody and incidentally some degree of catchiness.  All of this is tied together in a rather technical fashion, but without boring the listener with the "show off" style that some technical Death Metal bands use, for lack of being able to write a good song. Here we get (only) four songs that flow very well together, despite the aforementioned variation of styles, often all bundled together in a single song.  This sounds tight and powerful, the pounding drums accompanied by some dark guitar riffs that often turn into some visceral, speedy solos that lift the listener off his feet.  Add to this the mid to fast-paced transitions that are so well done that they just feel natural, "meant to be", and this little sucker is a prime candidate for the Repeat button. But, only four songs?  Those Aussies sure know how to tease.  I want a full-length album and I want it now.

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