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Cradle to Grave - Cradle to Grave Review

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Artist: Cradle to Grave

Album: Cradle to Grave

Released: 2004

A mixture of styles and genres: Death Thrash Metal

Review:

We'd like to introduce new heroes of Canadian Thrash Metal scene named "Cradle to Grave". But musicians are not beginners and already have important musical experience. The main merit of this music is its diversity.

Let's start our acquaintance with this interesting and to a certain extent unusual music.

The first song is classic mid-tempo gloomy Thrash. You can also hear splendid guitar playing with some Eastern influences, growling vocals. Closer to the end of the song its tempo becomes faster.

The second song is more vigorous and not so gloomy with some punk influences. You can hear good guitar riffs, some tempo changes, something from traditional Thrash and growling vocals.

The third song has got slow introduction, then funk rhythm appears, then song becomes faster, a singer just speaks, then sound becomes closer to pop music, voice sounds like that of Michael Jackson, then rhythm and voice change again. This song sounds very unexpectedly.

The fourth song starts from a slow Doomish part, then it turns into conventional Thrash with Hard Rock influences, slow and fast musical fragments alternate.

The fifth song is customary Thrash with rhythm changes.

The sixth song is standard Thrash with growling vocals.

The seventh song starts from joyful guitar - orientated hard music, then funk elements appear, then song becomes slower, then Hard Rock mood arises again, there are also very good guitars, growling vocals and small instrumental piece closer to the end of the song.

The eighth track demonstrates us fast Thrash Metal with growling vocals. This song is very forceful.

The ninth song is mid-tempo one, it has got speedy refrain and expressive guitar solos.

Splendid and transparent guitar intro of tenth track is a pleasant surprise for anyone, then clear voice appears, then we hear choral singing against the background of tuneful guitar sounding, then we find a lot of touching guitar solos and singer's speaking against the background of fading guitars.

The beginning of eleventh song sounds like Black Sabbath, but singer's voice is typical for Thrash bands, the bells' sound at the end of the song is also good addition to the song.

The twelfth song contains a lot of interesting and unexpected things: Hard Rock sadness, Death and Thrash vocals, rhythm changes, bass guitar solo, beautiful guitar solos and guitar riffs.

The thirteenth track is a fast one with growling vocals.



Summary:
Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:8.00 of 10
TOTAL:9.5 of 10

Reviewed by: Vera Drozdova /12.04.2005/



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