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Liquid Seasons (X-Plosive Records)

By: Jeb Branin

Deep in its dark core this is a death metal album but there are so many other layers wrapped around that core that it would be a misnomer to try and dismiss it that easily. There are elements of black metal shrieks and dark metal melancholy. Doom metal is evident in the lyrical themes and the complexity of the songs brings to mind progressive metal. But death metal is at the heart of it all and is the sum of its many parts. "Liquid Seasons" is also a classy album from start to finish. Intelligent and poetic lyrics, highly melodic even at its heaviest (and it is plenty heavy), and layout and packaging that can only be described as artistic all contribute to the class of SACRIFIST. Hailing from South Africa, it won't be long until the rest of the world takes note of this band due to the strength of this 14 track goldmine. It has everything it needs, including stellar production, to appeal to a broad spectrum of metal fans. The only liability with the entire project is that it is a limited edition of 500 copies. Some other label needs to step up to the plate and license this disc before it is allowed to fade away.
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