Tefilla - _Grievous Anguish_
(Fear Dark, 1998)
by: Alex Cantwell (8 out of 10)
Tefilla are quickly becoming known in their homeland of The Netherlands and beyond as a rising force in metal. I was very shocked upon my first listen of _Grievous Anguish_ as to how high quality it was in musical as well as production value. I always get excited about hearing new bands, and this is a band that I will remain excited about for some time to come. Tefilla's guitar sound is remarkably close to fellow countrymen Decision D's, a feat which I thought impossible, since it is such an original sound. Another comparison must be made to Decision D, and that is the abundant use of bizarro-world chords that make for some interesting songs for sure, especially when the moodier parts roll in. It is good when a band can lay technical music, but make it accessible and memorable to the listener, which this release accomplishes; no problem. This band should have a good future ahead of them, as they play emotionally fueled, technically proficient metal that will appeal to the hard metal fan, as well as the hardcore fan.

Contact: Fear Dark, Chopinlaan 30, 2742 BJ Waddinxveen,

(article published 13/2/1999)


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