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The Evil Operating System (Self-Released)

By: Vinnie Apicella

The Philly-based fivesome formed in 2000 and comes at you from every angle on their spirited five-song debut EP. "The Evil Operating System" operates with precision instrumentation and bludgeoning pure-Metal riffs blended together with a touch of evil, two-guitar assault, and soaring vocals to create a traditionally sound breakthrough release. Tilted heavily toward the stalwart Power Metal and Thrash-bands of the '80s & '90s their songs boast a uniqueness of form, depth, and tempo without sounding diminutive or dated -- see opening and closing tracks, "Immolation" and "Tortured" for irrefutable reference. Owing much to the skilled attributes of the band members, all accomplished musicians, and featuring a superb production job, TEOS is far from the average poor man's demo. Lyrically antithetical to the idea of "evil operating," the words exemplify and exceed despair, effectively rising to the challenge to beat everyday obstacles. Similar to classic bands like Pantera and Priest in form and function, TEOS has been making the case for uncompromising heavy Rock played with premise and priority. They've already made an impressive stir on their local WYSP airwaves and online downloads. Their bio suggests "Metal needs heroes" and the point is inarguable. Metal's finest hour came from those who looked it, played it, and stood behind it; So while we'd be hasty to rank 'em up with the likes of the Overkill's and Motorhead's, or even Pantera's of the world just yet, the intensity and flash are present and the same commitment to quality can be heard in each of the five tracks, all of which rely on a heavy foundation, melodic soloism, a quick and poignant delivery. Features: "Immolation", "I Will Rise", "Control", "Bring Me To Life", and "Tortured".
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