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Review: Dew-Scented - Intermination

Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 46:07
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Looking at the band name, one could seriously doubt that this is a Death/Thrash Metal act, as I'm sure you will agree with me that Dew-Scented isn't exactly the most frightening statement and maybe it could be best portrayed by a Doom or Folk group. Well, forget about the stupid name, Dew-Scented is a cold-blooded, ruthless act of Death/Thrash Metal. Hailing from Germany and formed by vocalist Leif Jensen, these thrashers have been putting out albums since their inception in the early 90's, and show no signs of slowing down.

Fans tend to consider on some level that Impact is Dew-Scented best album, but I must say that Intermination delivers a similar (if not better, at times) effort by the band. It is the latest entry in their discography and offers a modern and aggressive approach of the Death/Thrash Metal genre, in the likes of Legion of the Damned. You can also hear a little bit of Testament and Kreator in the riff department, almost certainly two of their influences.

Starting with "Declaration of Intent", the band lures you into the experience with a low-paced intro that hides the true intentions of the band. The next song, though, "On a Collision Course", delivers exactly what you will hear throughout the whole album: a dark, aggressive, fast and brutal piece of music. The sporadic blasting drum sessions and the towering riffs featured on songs like "Scars of Creation" and "Demon Seed" all contribute to the brutal atmosphere. This effort vastly resembles the aforementioned Impact musically, added with some nuances of albums like Issue IV and Icarus. The songs are well produced and well mixed, making it easy to differentiate between the instruments, especially in the parts that have faster drumming and guitar work.

All in all, Intermination is a solid album with no fillers, and another good statement by the band. It is not unique or even that different from the band's other displays, but it has a good impact nevertheless.

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