To put a label on The Showdown is almost
impossible because the play everything in Metal. From Southern
Rock/Metal, Traditionally Metal, Metal Core, Modern Thrash, Melodic
Death Metal… you name it.
One word came to mind when I threw this album in my
hard-tried CD-player for the very first time; Chaos! To be honest I
wasn’t exactly thrilled but of course I gave it another chance…and
another and now numerous listens later I find it okay.
I still find their music a little hard to digest but
I’m more positive than negative about this album. We get tons of
riffs and melody-line and both aggressive/shouting, growls and clean
vocals. In the long run I find the aggressive vocals quite annoying…
they are too monotonous for my taste.
Although I enjoy listening to “A Chorus of
Obliteration” I miss something. Every track is on the exact same
level and nothing really stands out in my opinion. I miss a real
hammer. Most of the songs are repetitive and never let up, but its
fun to dig when you're in the right mood for them. So I’m still
trapped somewhere between heaven and hell but do check this album
out if you’re into Metal-core, Thrash, or Melodic Death Metal.
The production done by Bruce Fitzhugh (Lead singer of
Living Sacrifice) is powerful and crystal clear. Mr. Fitzhugh has
done an excellent job and his production is just right for this kind