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Degradead - Til Death Do Us Apart
Melodic death metal has always been a large metal subgenre ever since its origin in the early nineties. Nowadays there is a clear line between old school and modern melodeath. The old school sound is more raw and unpolished while the modern sound is characterized as clear and well produced, also due to the use of clean vocals and the addition of samples. Now in front of me lies Degradead’s debut record Til Death Do Us Apart. A disc of which I can already reveal that it falls in the latest category.

The first words that came up in my mind after my first listening session with this record were ‘uninspired’, ‘not original’ and ‘very predictable’, and although announced as “the future of metal” by In Flames guitarist and Degradead producer Jesper Strömblad, a short description of Til Death Do Us Apart at this point would be ‘In Flames-rip off’.

I unfortunately still have to stick to this opinion after a few more spins. The explanation is simple; everything on this record has been done before. Not one song on Til Death Do Us Apart is ever becoming truly interesting or exciting. The opposite is true. Clean vocals that usually don’t really bore me do now, while the - also clean - backing vocals in for example ‘Pass Away’ and ‘Day Of The Dead’ are even more annoying and remind me of a weak Trivium song. This album is just a passage in which they’ll show us their skills (because these youngsters do have the ability to play), but also that they’re way too much influenced by their discoverer.

I’m really not awaiting anymore clones and therefore definitely hoping for some bands to be formed that are able to bring back some creativity and brutality back into the genre, ‘cause most of what I heard last time wasn’t really worth the try. My advice to Degradead would be that they pick someone else as producer for their next record, a person not too influential that will let them work on their own sound.
Degradead - Til Death Do Us Apart
58/1001Details Dockyard 1
Released on Monday Feb 4th, 2008
Melodic Death Metal

Writer @Mindsaver on Wednesday Feb 6th, 2008

Tags: #Degradead
Tracklisting 01. Genetic Waste
02. Take Control
03. Burned
04. Pass Away
05. Relations To The Humanity
06. The Bloodchain
07. The Fallen
08. Day Of The Dead
09. Resemblace Of The Past
10. Reborn
11. Til Death Do Us Apart
Line up Mikael Sehlin - Vocals
Anders Nyström - Guitar
David Szücs - Guitar
Michel Bärzén - Bass
Kenneth Helgesson - Drums