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Heliopolis (Pavement Music)

By: Jeb Branin

Don't let the lousy cover art ruin your appreciation of the CD. APOPHIS play an extremely gritty brand of melodic death metal. They lean heavily on the established European death sound but still manage to carve out their own little niche. The hoarse, throaty vocals bring to mind some of my favorite death vocalists including Johnny of UNLEASHED. The guitars are sharp and played with a lot of precision and class. They (the guitars) do a delicate balancing act between being the basis of the bands melody and still shredding the listeners eardrums. Sometimes the vocals are mixed too high and it is the guitars that pay the price and get overshadowed, but once you get your ears adjusted to it, it isn't that distracting. The rhythm section provides a very solid foundation of sound and, as with most good death metal, often steps up to take over a song and provide it with the brutality the genre demands. APOPHIS aren't doing anything new but they hold the banner of death metal high and fans of the sound will find plenty here to feed their obsession.
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