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Review: The Kandidate - Until We Are Outnumbered
The Kandidate
Until We Are Outnumbered

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 32:47
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
Until We Are Outnumbered

Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)

The talented vocalist Jacob Bredahl who fronted the Death/Thrash Danish Hatesphere for almost seven years, started a side project while he was still in his former band. That scheme, back in 2005, was called The Downward Candidate and the band played modern Thrash Metal mixed with Crossover elements. Under this insignia a demo was released by the name of Distort And Confuse.

Four years after the formation of The Downward Candidate, Bredahl was already out of Hatesphere (he was replaced by Joller Albrechtsen, who also left Hatesphere eventually). It was decided to give the beast a new name and "The Kandidate" was chosen as the new moniker. Signed to Napalm Records, the four Danish maniacs released their debut Until We Are Outnumbered to celebrate a new beginning. As for their Metal, The Kandidate crossed over to play a modernized style of Hardcore (even with some Punk elements) mixed with modern Thrash Metal. You can truly say that this debut definitely says "we are not an old school band", so if you are looking for old school, whether Hardcore or Thrash, you will only find those in tiny pieces.

With their sonic aggression, The Kandidate are off to a solid start in their career. Until We Are Outnumbered is not exclusively a Thrash Metal release, the band took on the grooves of Hardcore and some other elements and made a rather modern Hardcore-like release. Nothing against Hardcore of course, however, nothing here seems to throw the ears into submission. What is being displayed here showcases a lot of energy without any doubt; yet, it does not amaze that much. The music has power up beats, low-tuned riffage of grooves, screaming/soaring vocals that are a real helper (Bredahl found his rightful turf as he seems to be a perfect match to this kind of music). On various occasions you will be rewarded with a solo or two and small lead guitar cracks. Nevertheless, besides a few songs from the list like "Enemy", "Give Us All Hope", "Shut 'Em Up" and "In Hell" which are the best of what The Kandidate has to offer on their first round, the other tunes just stroll behind as regular outputs with "nothing much to hear here" in them.

Probably, in later years of their career, The Kandidate will make the same kind of releases, with hope that they will hit the eight ball with a somewhat winning album.

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