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Review: Darkside - Prayers in Doomsday
Prayers in Doomsday

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 34:14
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Prayers in Doomsday

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

This band has been gigging around in the underground ever since 1991 without being signed - despite that it's hard to believe there was a single South American Thrash band that did not get signed in the 1988-1992 period after Sepultura broke out. Anyway, after twenty years of demos, this band is getting their self-released debut out.

Not surprisingly, this is all about 80's style Thrash. I was expecting a more Brazilian sound, but instead this is very Bay Area in approach, with chunky riffage and a lot of heaviness. The riffs are not amazing, but they aren't bad. The production is heavy and clear, with a nice, thick sound. The vocals are a weak point, as frontman Alex Eyras is pretty bad. He shows here and there that he could probably sing pretty well if he wanted to, but he's dedicated to a Sean Killian style of yapping too much of the time. In a lot of places the band will mob up the vocals for choruses, Vio-Lence style, and this sounds a lot better, though still not 'good'.

If you can get past the iffy vocals, this is an entertaining album, whose only real weakness is that it is massively derivative. If you are a fan of classic Exodus or other old-school bands of the Bay Area of yore, then you will probably enjoy this, even if you have heard it all before.

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