Take a bite.
-- Severdhed --
|■||Dario Van Fleteren||Vocals, guitars|
Review written by Stijn “Metal Shredder” Daneels.
[METAL SHREDDER REPORTING]
I remember most of the Severdhed guys from their earlier bands Nocardia (I shredded them in 2016: http://belgianmetalshredder.be/interviews/46) and Infantile (I shredded them that same year too: http://belgianmetalshredder.be/interviews/56). A year ago, when I was present at Evil Or Die Fest 2019, I met some of Severdhed’s members who told me about their new band and gave me a sticker. And now, a year later, the band’s frontman Dario dropped me a link to Severdhed’s debut demo release. It’s been a while since I had reviewed a demo, so let’s shred this one full and raw.
Severdhed was founded in 2018 by members of two disbanded West-Flemish thrash metal bands, namely the aforementioned Nocardia and Infantile. Their eponymous debut demo is released independently and consists of 3 tracks.
Severdhed’s influences quickly become apparent when going through this 12-minute demo which are Slayer (drums), Megadeth (solos) and Anthrax (riffs), in other words, classic thrash metal. One thing that makes Severdhed sound more unique are Dario’s clean and youthful vocals, which are more punk-rock inspired rather than thrash metal. The band also employs a lot of sudden tempo changes which gives their current material some unpredictability.
The 3 songs on Severdhed’s demo, “Persistent Minds,” “Bite The Cyanide” and “Death Strip” all have a consistent thrash feel to them. “Persistent Minds” is the most guitar-driven of the three, “Bite The Cyanide” has a very catchy chorus and “Death Strip” uses backing vocals quite effectively.
Severdhed’s demo artwork features a black-and-white image of the Berlin wall and its infamous death strip, a nice visual homage to the era from which the band has taken its music and thematic inspirations. The themes on the demo are typically thrash stuff, mental issues, drug abuse, social oppression, etc.
[SHARPEST SHREDS & BLUNTEST BLADES]
Unlike my usual EP or album reviews, I won’t be talking about strongest or weakest tracks in demos. Instead, I’d like to describe the bands strengths and weaknesses after listening to the demo.
The biggest strength I see in Severdhed right now is their guitar work. The riffs are sharp and the many guitar solos are very technical (but sometimes they cut off abruptly, such as in “Bite the Cyanide”). The vocals punk-like style are a bit unusual for the thrash metal subgenre but they do fit very well with the frantic beats. I do wish that there were some more backing vocals, particularly during the choruses to give it additional punch.
The drums, while rhythmic headbang-inducing, are a bit too much mixed in front of everything else and therefore feel distracting. I also believe the songs could still be made a bit shorter and tighter but other than that, Severdhed shows legit potential, so let’s give this demo…
6,5 cyanide pills out of 10. Despite some mixing issues and a little loose songwriting, Severdhed’s eponymous demo shows a band that brings thrash metal with technique, finesse and solid vocal delivery. Certainly worth a try, enjoy “Persistent Minds.”