The Modern Age Slavery

Damned To Blindness

Written by: PP on 10/12/2008 13:40:43

"My god this album is intense" - a comment by an anonymous user at a popular music rating site, and I agree wholeheartedly. The Modern Age Slavery play full-throttle deathcore in the vein of Job For A Cowboy, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crowpath, etc, and their debut "Damned To Blindness" is testament to the sort of intricate, calculated chaos that all those bands are famous for.

As a result of an excellent production that highlights the complex guitar wizardry (more technical and death metal oriented than JFAC), pummeling bass-lines, and the monstrous drumming, The Modern Age Slavery comes across as far more intense than any of the bands mentioned in their introduction, and this works to their advantage. Their songs aren't as instantly-grabbing musically, but there's no denying in the bone-crushing atmosphere which is intentionally positioned roughly two millimeters away from your face, equivalent of standing at a Job For A Cowboy live show and having Jonny Davy growl full volume while leaning down to you in the crowd. Those who have been to a JFAC show know how his voice makes the floor shake, and there's plenty of that to be found in the instrumentals on "Damned To Blindness".

But as a result of all that, it becomes difficult to point out single highlights from the album. It's consistently brutal, consistently earth-shattering, consistently deathcore from start to finish. Not convinced about the brutality of the album yet? Just look at the fucking artwork, I mean Jesus Christ. The focus isn't on breakdowns as much as it is on the death metal inspired guitars, giving the album a nice flow. But I have to say that the opening of "The Modern Age Slavery" made a lasting impression on me as it starts off with echoing "Modern Age.. Modern Age" repetitions before exploding into a stupendous "MODERN AGE SLAVERYYYYYYYYYY" growl. That's probably why the band chose this track as the first one on their Myspace page as well... prepare to be hit by a freight train loaded with pure TNT.


Download: The Modern Age Slavery
For the fans of: Crowpath, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel
Listen: Myspace

Release date 01.12.2008
Napalm Records

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