DEW-SCENTED - Intermination
July 15, 2015, 4 years ago
German melodeath band Dew-Scented has been building a formidable fortress within the extreme metal scene for 23 years. Armed with an arsenal of Teutonic metal elements and modern thrashisms, the same relentless, blistering formula they’ve come to be known for is still intact on its 10th full-length release, Intermination, which also keeps the tradition of naming every album with the letter “I”. After the unnecessary instrumental opening “Declaration Of Intent”, the band immediately launches into “On A Collision Course”. It’s a ferocious thrash/melodeath hybrid delivered at a maniacal pace. In fact Dew Scented is a vicious and dangerous machine throughout the 13 tracks, which are decorated with modern, in-your-face production values, courtesy of death metal guru Dan Swano.
The musicianship throughout the disc is performed with razor-sharp precision, especially the numerous mosh-worthy riffs and brief-but-tasty guitar solos. However, the vicious barks from vocalist Leif Jensen are hoarsely-monotone and lack any kind of variation. Furthermore, the song constructions are interchangeable with not many memorable moments as the album quickly blurs by. There’s nothing really wrong with Intermination, yet there’s nothing really innovative or groundbreaking, either. However, if you like relentless, non-stop brutality, then Intermination serves its purpose.