Roundtable Review: Unchained Beast – Guiding the Lamb (EP)

Unchained Beast CoverLabel: Massacre Records

Release Date: 27 December 2013

Songs: 5

Length: 30 minutes

Genre: Heavy/thrash metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut EP

Location: Vardø, Norway

WarpRider – The intro led me to believe I was about to be blasted with Dutch symphonic metal, but it quickly turned into good ol’ standard thrash metal with a likeness to Anthrax, except the vocals. I like the guitar work as it sways from melodic to speedy dual and trade-off solos. The quickest way to my heart is through thrash. 3.7

Atleastimhousebroken I really wanted to love this EP, but for me thrash metal should be short and to the point unless you happen to have the chops to really do some crazy trickery to keep me engaged past the 3 minute mark. If Unchained Beast cut down the song lengths (and had done away with the thrash ballad closing track “Split of Conscience”) or made their songs a bit more dynamic this would have been an outstanding debut. However, the band is young and they obviously have some thrash metal chops, so I would be interested in what they do in the future. The potential is there. 2.0

Irmelinis – Fast, moderately heavy, good guitar work. But the songs are too long without many interesting details and I can’t hear any passion or sincerity in the vocals. 1.0

ChristopherMammal – Unchained Beast should be very proud of their recording debut. They’re delivered five varied and pleasing songs. They have embellished their thrash with softer, melodic touches and thoughtful compositions. I’d certainly like to hear more from this band. It’s always good to see such young guys carrying the torch. 3.8

A Metal State of Mind Score – 2.6

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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