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   VEHEMENCE
Helping The World To See
2004
Metal Blade
http://www.vehemence.com


rating: 3,5/5

1. By Your Bedside
2. Kill For God
3. Trinity Broadcasting (Know Your      Enemy)
4. To The Taste
5. You Don't Have To Be Afraid Anymore
6. Alone In Your Presence
7. Spirit of The Solider
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When "The Thoughts From Which I Hide" album got released in 2000 we did not know they existed at all. Their second effort, "God Was Created", brought them incredible attention and they became known all over the world wherever death metal fanatics live. Most of the people simply liked them while some, like me, admired that album. Obviously we were longing for an other masterpiece by Vehemence and the two years that passed between "God Was Created" and this follow-up seemed incredibly long. But finally, this April we got their third album in our hands. "Helping The World To See" was a clever choice for the title of the album, promising an interesting album. Though the real question was still unanswered. Could they live up to the expectations? Or more importantly, could they keep the level or their music?

In many ways the answer is yes. They did not run into the mistake of copying themselves or making a "God Was Created 2". Rather they present a strong and mature album. Comparing the new one to the "God Was Created", this is more varied. "God Was Created" was more a concept album musicwise as well and the whole album had got a monotonous feeling; though I found that still a genious piece of melodic brutality. Now the impact is more on the heaviness of death metal with a slight technical aspect. It put them to another level but they lost some of their own vehemence-flavour. On this level, there are a lot more bands and it will be more difficult excelling.

The album opens with "By Your Side", a straight and heavy punch into the listeners face. Its melodies are rolling forcefully, sweeping you away with the thrash riffs which rev up the song. "Kill For God" is strongly built on the guitar harmonies, bringing back the atmoshphere of "God Was Created". Just like "You Don't Have To Be Afraid Anymore". It opens with acoustic guitars, the music is slow and drawling death metal with piano in the background. The Iron Maidenish beginning of "Trinity Broadcasting" hit me by surprise. It lasted not even half a minute long and it was followed by straight forward death metal. As we near the end of the song deadly heaviness takes control in the music and I think those vocal parts are the deepest Nathan has ever had to growl so far. "Alone In Your Presence" was another surprise. It could be put on an Opeth album and this instrumental song stays kind of artistic - comparing to the rest of the album - all long. This is the most unexpected piece of the album. The songs I have not mentioned belong to the typical death metal category. They are well-built, strong ones with finely placed rhythm and tempo changes but we have already heard that many times before.

So, as I said above, this is a mature album but also more of a steady one. They kept the quality, just changed direction a bit, following a path many walked before. But surely, this album will appeal to everybody who likes brutal, yet melodic death metal. My rating shows how much more I liked their previous effort.

submitted by Katalin 28.06.2004

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