glance I thought “well, here we have some half-shitty, overproduced
nu-metal, claiming to be metalcore…”. I was wrong.
plays a hybrid of thrash and nu-metal, which is enough to scare away
most old-school metalheads. I like to give bands a chance, as that
is one of the few ways to positive surprise. The press material
promises “emo-influences”, but luckily these are quarantined solely
in the worst song of the EP, “What I’ve Become”. That song contains
enough boo-hoo-hooing to actually verify the emo-influence claim.
three songs are actually not bad at all! Treatment are good
musicians and know their way around ear-hanging riff’s and powerful
melodies. I actually caught myself headbanging a bit to the
Annihilator-like “Down Again” – very rock n’ roll riff-work on that
the title track “Slavery” kicks some seriously thrahsy ass.
that wrecks Treatments rating is the singing. If you go for pure
vocals, make sure you don’t sound like a whining teenager. The
screeches are far better, but they are too few.
Oh yeah, and
don’t read the lyrics if you are as choosy as I. They stink in the
aspect of the EP is that all the “artistic” intro/outro stuff (which
is apparently obligatory on modern metal productions) are confined
in tracks of their own. Thus you can skip them without trouble, and
they don’t disturb a party-playlist, as you can just add the actual
songs. It’s a very good innovation I think!
All in all,
Slavery is an EP slightly above the standard mediocre nu-metal high
school band, but there is a lot of potential hidden behind it. I
guess this treatment is not for me. My case demands something