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Melodic death/thrash done right
on May 3, 2008
These guys have been dormant for awhile but it's been worth the wait. I thought they were done for good but they come thundering back from the catacombs with a highly polished gem of modern heavy metal. This time around, SE combines the savagery of Immune with the tight musicianship of This is My Blood to exemplary results.
Dead Alive's only weakness may be it's production- it's too good, slightly watering down the jakchammer riffs and merciless double bass, though I'm sure every song would be devastating live. The vocals are fierce and serated, with only a few moments of clean singing. Christian metalcore/melodic death metal is easy to spot these days and while SE occasionally ventures into this oft-trodden territory, they maintain their own distinctive sound that honestly bludgeons their brethren into forgotten corners. Today's metal scene is starving for new sounds and while SE doesn't exactly reinvigorate the genre, there are a few moments of shining brilliance that can't help but bring a smile to your face, at the same time peeling it off.
All things considered, Dead Alive is a roller coaster ride through everything that makes metal a joy to listen to, throwing everything at you but the kitchen sink (and even occasionally heaving that at you as well). You can't go wrong- grab this and mosh yourself silly.