DEAD SAMARITAN - THE ONLY GOOD SAMARITAN... (Casket Music)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
This debut album of Dead Samaritan has a playing time of 36 minutes and contains 12 songs. It’s an easy math to see that the songs have an average playing time of 3 minutes. Songs of this caliber include already a few things: there is no time for structures that need a few spins to get into the track, and the solos will be rather limited.
Well, let’s see what this Finish band has to offer: the opener is a one minute intro “Prelude To Perdition”, followed by “The Monster To Create”. The track opens at full speed, with vocals that have a slight Black Metal touch, but the words are understandable. At some moments, the voice switches over to a ‘light grunt’, as far as that is possible. The next track is “Laid To Waste” and this time we hear vocals like whispering, which evokes a frightening effect to the track. At the end of my first spin, I had this feeling several times, as Dead Samaritan wants to create a scary and terrible feeling throughout the album. “Royally Fucked” starts furious, with a guitar solo at the beginning, but this is only a short appetizer.
The more I listened to this band, the more I had the idea that they have a lot in common with the Dutch band ‘Legion Of The Damned’. Although it’s less furious, there are similarities! “Hell If I Care” is in the same direction and style, while “Bleeding Ground” has a few Slayer influences. The vocals of Valendis Suomalainen add some other influences to the song, so it deviates the Slayer sound. By the way, Valendis is a woman, but she has a voice like sandpaper…
The next track brings on some thunder and lightning, followed by a riff that could be from Motörhead. It’s a very short track, with no guitarsolo to mention… Slayer is lurking around the corner again when the track “River Runs Red” opens, and after this one, it’s time to continue with extreme heavy material. “In The Shadows Of The Mind” and “Welcome To The Death Zone”, we get a lot of twists and breaks, they are heavy as hell and the vocals have a whispering approach again. Last track on this disc is a spoken outro of one minute.
At the end we get 10 ‘songs’ from a band that has little to offer. A better production and songs that dig much deeper would result in a totally diverse score. They know what we expect for their next album, and hopefully they will fulfill their task with full commitment.
My rating: 68 / 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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish