SHALLOW GROUND - THE END OF EVERYTHING (Killer Metal Records)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Killer Metal Records ensembles their bands from all over the world. Shallow Ground comes from out of the United States. The eye-catching front cover needs to attract the fans but after all it is the music that counts. Reading the both guitarists are fond of Eighties Metal was enough to maintain my attention so I gave this record a few spins.
And yes, the roots of this band can be found in this golden era. This band was formed in 1994 but after a disbanding they waited almost twenty years to release the official debut. And no, there’s no connection with the horror movie some of you could know. Keith Letourneau and Tim Smith are blowing one after another razor sharp riff through the speakers. Constantly this band uses breaks what makes this album exciting to listen to, it gives this formation a bit of a Progressive touch. On track like “The Black Rose”, "Whence They Came" and "Cleansing Of The Hollow" you can easily decide this band has something to offer. Meanwhile screaming leads are heading my way too and up-tempo and mid-tempo arrangements are constantly in use. The band often reminds me of Exciter and Meliah Rage, this last example musical wise and qua vocals. Keith Letourneau contains a vocal sound that would fit Meliah Rage as a matter of fact. Yet I would like to hear this band with a far better singer, it would easily lift this band to a higher level.
If you’re into traditional Thrash Metal with all elements this genre contains Shallow Ground will easily seduce you. This band contains experienced and talented musicians, so what can go wrong? I've heard tons of awesome riffs and things that made me smile! Ten good written and performed Thrash Metal tracks are awaiting you from a band that don’t have any secrets to share with the world. A good debut album and more information, maybe even their self pressed EP, is available at http://www.shallow-ground.com .
My Points: 80 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard