Slay The Shepherd
Rise of the Antagonist
Style: Thrash
Release date: 2011
Playing time: 13:00

Huhuh, something wicked is brewing in the state of Denmark. The very polite letter that accompanied the three-track promo CD from Slay The Shepherd states that the band needs a label, because they need backing for touring and recording the rest of the material they have ready.

Guys, don't wait for a label deal. Labels aren't what they used to be, and you're going to do all the work (and most likely the financing) yourself anyway. Record the rest of the album, and THEN you get a deal of sorts.

And record the material this young band definitely should. If the three songs presented on 'Rise of the Antagonist' are representative of the rest of the material Slay The Shepherd has in store for us, then Denmark can look forward to welcoming a new band that doesn't sound exactly like the other bands on the touring circuit.

If you picture a combination of Lamb Of God and Exhorder, then you're pretty much there. LOG because it's brutal thrash with surprising little snippets of melodic riffing, Exhorder because of singer Adel's handling of the vocals.

I know that three well-wrought songs rarely form the whole picture, but this sounds extremely promising! Looking forward to hearing more! 


01. Merciless
Imminent Threat
The Antagonist


Label: Nope
Distribution: Nope
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 2 November, 2011