Thursday, September 24, 2015

COUNTING DAYS: "Liberated Sounds"

Rating: Rr
Label: Provogue/Mascot 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Bloody 'ell. Who let the demon out of the bag? Burned By Faith, which kicks off this debut album from UK's Counting Days, has an intensity bordering on insanity. It's a fashion statement (not really) aimed towards all those nutters that justifies their dirty deeds according to religion. Killing in the name of God? Bassist/vocalist Alex Dench and growler Thomas Debaere spits out the words: "Burned by faith, died in faith. You say there's a God who cures darkness and pain, so you spread violence and hatred, to praise his name. He created the earth, the sun and the rain, you murder those, who don't believe the same".

Recorded at Studio Fredman in Gotherburg/Sweden and produced by Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Opeth, etc.), you pretty much know what to expect from the angry Englishmen. The main structure of Swedish Death metal, the over-the-top approach of hard core, combined with vicious breakdowns, gang vocals, growls, the occasional nod to thrash, and overall sonic batterings.

It's just so late nineties/early 00's and something that I used to enjoy in the past. You could say that I grew up? (posh) or simply decided that I don't need anymore of these albums? Tom Doyle at Kerrang apparently love these guys and believe they are shaping up to be one of the brightest emerging talents on the U.K. scene. Good for him and the band. I personally wish they would include more Thrash and Punk influences though. The screaming aka growls gives me the headaches and I believe it's time for some Kate Bush next... what? Oh feck off. She's heavy...

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