Vorfeed.net B.M. Reviews - Adversarial - Thralls review

Artist: Adversarial
Album Title: Thralls
Label: Self-released

This is the first demo from Adversarial, a Canadian band playing black/death metal.

The production on this demo is nice and thick, especially when everything's blasting, yet you can still easily make out the guitars and drums. The vocals alternate between snarls and an ultra-deep grunt which tends to get lost a bit, yet adds quite a lot to the heavy atmosphere.

The songwriting here is quite chaotic, alternating between blasting parts and riff-based sections with plenty of lead guitar. There are even a few slow parts to break things up now and again; the swaggering part at the end of "Scourge Of A World Ablaze" is especially great. "A Hatred Tempered And Trialed" opens with a more classically-oriented guitar piece, only to rip into a snarling, mid-paced song chock-full of clever riffs. The main guitar line from "Thralls" is also great, and the drumming on that track is particularly worth mentioning: the cymbal abuse here is insane!

This is a great first demo; all three songs show incredible promise. Fans of chaotic Canadian bands like Axis of Advance, Rites of Thy Degringolade, Warmarch, and Mitochondrion should check Adversarial out! Recommended.

Standout Tracks: "A Hatred Tempered And Trialed", "Thralls"