In Slaughter Natives - _Resurrection - The Return of a King_
(Cold Meat Industry, 2004)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
In Slaughter Natives are one of the veterans of the underground electronica scene, having been in existence for over fifteen years. Such an extended period of existence suggests a certain degree of maturity and competence, and in this respect In Slaughter Natives don't disappoint. This is not the half-assed key fumbling that many metal artists indulge in on occasion, but the expected result by someone who has devoted his musical career to electronic craftwork.

The album mood is suitably bombastic, given the imperial connotations of the title, but is underpinned by an omnipresent sense of menace. The majority of songs are propelled by repetitive and prominently placed percussive elements, and the few songs without this backbone tend to meander in a directionless manner. While the sparse lyrics are hardly likely to win any awards, to consider this a negative would be like complaining that a black metal album is "too satanic" -- i.e. missing the point entirely. This is clearly a musical album, and in this aspect excels admirably. The vocals are unlikely to be off-putting to those whose ears are accustomed to harsher, guitar driven noise, as they are delivered in an ominous rasp, which wouldn't be out of place during a quiet interlude on a track by one of the more atmospheric metal acts. An excellent example of dark underground electronica.

Contact: http://www.inslaughternatives.com

(article published 14/1/2005)


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