Line Up-Execution Style
3/30/2006 - Review by: Anthony Burke
Second Shadow - Line Up-Execution Style - 2005 - Murdered Records
What does Morbid Angel, In Flames, and Bloodbath all have in common? Do you give up yet? The answer is a band that incorporates the best elements of many greats in the business today. Speed, melodies, brutality, aggression, and death. For all of this you only need to look in one place, the Norwegian aggressor known as Second Shadow.
The band was formed during the fall of 2003. The executors, who call Vennesla, Norway home, are Jon Vassbo (Vocals), Preben Mosfjell (Guitars), Rames Argento (Bass), and Stig Reinhardtsen (Drums). After a multitude of concerts and an enormous following, the band decided it was time to hit the studio in 2005, thus this six song EP was born. The studio choice was made and Jailhouse Studio was the site. Line Up (Execution Style) has been released on Jon Vassbo’s own label, Murdered Records.
From the intro, one can only think Morbid Angel, however they mix the speed and aggression they bring into play and improve it by adding an unmistakable and catchy melody. Now that they have to fill the big boots to kick your ass, are they up for the task? Now on we go to the title track. “My world is filled with too much ignorance”, how can a song with this line in it be a bad song? As we enter the third song, we hear a dialogue they included. This dialogue sums up a band that is seemingly obsessed with death and murder. Good old fashioned horror movie fans I bet. Just when you think the death and murder thing may have gotten to be too much, comes a ray of light in “Mind Devoured”. An excellent song that is well written as well as well preformed and makes this EP killer.
I am in no way saying this is a bad album. What I am saying is that I must be in a certain mood to listen to stuff like this on a daily basis. However, when I am in that mood, and since Morbid Angel has decided to stop gracing us with good metal, I’ll go past Bloodbath and pick up Second Shadow. These guys released a very worthy and memorable album. Nicely done guys!
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