Thursday, January 2, 2014

former Deicide members: Amon

former Deicide members: Amon
Amon (U.S.): "Liar in Wait” (FDA Rekotz Vinyl Edition)
Whereas some bands associated with Florida death metal, such as Morbid Angel, Death and Atheist, challenge the listener by pushing the envelope, throwing in a few surprises, through creativity and some experimentation, there is another way of death metal thinking illustrated by Florida death metal bands like Diabolic, Malevolent Creation, Monstrosity, Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under—and now Amon, the band of former Deicide guitarists the Hoffman brothers. These latter bands make reliable, predictable albums for headbanging; recordings that are similar to previous works. Amon’s music is like Deicide: fast, intense, heavy death metal. The mentality of The Ramones, AC/DC, Slayer, Overkill and Motorhead is at work in the death metal of Amon: give the audience precisely what it expects from two former members of Deicide. Amon is here to play death metal the way they know how: for headbanging and moshing.
In the case of Amon, the guitar work shows an effort to make fast but memorable songs. Amon mixes death metal heavy riffs with downtuned thrashy hooks that go for direct impact. It seems to me that the guitar work, including the solos, demonstrates the desire to be taken seriously, gaining the trust of the audience with an album that the band can be proud of. Naturally, followers of the work of the Hoffman brothers and Deicide should be nodding in approval. Maniacs who are huge into death metal will find the album to be to their liking, too. Lastly, the old folks into Florida death metal should be interested, also.

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