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Slave Traitor : Man Infest Destiny

Slave Traitor hail from Seattle, WA and 'Man Infest Destiny' is the band's second release. This is the first time I've had a chance to listen to their work. Taking a superficial approach, Slave Traitor could be labeled as a doom/death band, but I feel that this would be very deceiving as the band has a vastly different profile and sound than the average band from this genre.

From the first note of 'Wilderness Of Mirrors' to the last note of 'Dust In The Wound' Slave Traitor never tries to sound similar to the founders of the genre and only by trying very hard can I find elements of early My Dying Bride. This mostly has to do with the fact that they also incorporate black metal elements into their sound. Bands like Sentenced (in their early years), Moonspell (before they became a completely gothic metal band), Rotting Christ, Samael and other atmospheric black metal acts come to my mind but despite this, the band maintains a more rhythmic and progressive approach that many American bands incorporate.

The six tracks on the album are all very good and show great skill in both writing and performance. It would be difficult to pick a favorite track, but I would probably go with 'Insult'. My impression of the album is that it is very good and it is actually one of the most intriguing and refreshing doom/death albums I've heard in a long time. It makes me wonder why they don't have a record label to distribute their music.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wilderness of Mirrors
2. Burning Sniper
3. Pill Cutter
4. The Middle Passage
5. Insult
6. Dust in the Wound

Duration : Approx. 26 minutes.

Visit the Slave Traitor bandpage.

Reviewed on 26-09-2009 by Dimitris Plastiras
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