Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mutala - Cloning Wicked Minds (Sweet Poison Records)

They describe themselves as “mediterranean death metal.” A fitting description for these Italian metal men. Though if the vocals were more a bit more decipherable this album would fit right into the 80’s and 90’s thrash genre as the guitar playing is typical of thrash’s carefully controlled carefree riff attacks - quick, energetic and imbued with an ironic sense of fun. Be that as it may, I find the best part of the album to be the short instrumental “In My Temple.” It stands apart from the rest of the album with its ballad like nature, and is a much needed relief from the tiresome death vox. For fans of Arch Enemy and death metal in general.

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