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Corporation 187 - "Newcomers Of Sin" (CD)

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"Newcomers Of Sin" track listing:

1. Provoking the Prophet
2. Newcomers of Sin
3. My Sickness
4. Question the Light
5. Suffer As One
6. Teaching the Sick, Feeding the Dead
7. Procession
8. Madhouse
9. Cardiac
10. In the New Messiah
11. Virus Nation

Reviewed by on May 29, 2008

"it would be the perfect release if it weren't so bloody monotonous."

Corporation 187 is the latest in a long line of melodic death metal bands from Sweden. Although the band has been around since 1995, "Newcomers of Sin" is only their third album. Corporation 187 cites their thrash roots as the key to their sound, and while there are certainly thrash influences apparent on "Newcomers of Sin," this release won't break any boundaries.

The album starts off positively with "Provoking the Prophet" - a rich, thick riff, powerful machine gun kick drums, then tense, high, almost hard-core style vocals, then moves on to the break, with a nice soaring melodic guitar line overlaying the low end. Next up is the title track - but wait, is that the same riff? "My Sickness" mixes things up a bit, and then "Question the Light" ups the speed... but overall, as the album continues on each track is barely distinguishable from the last. A brief ray of hope lies in the second last track, "In the New Messiah", with an acoustic intro and some interesting time signature changes, but then the album closer "Virus Nation" takes us right back to the beginning again. Consistency is not a positive here.

There is no doubt that Corporation 187 can play the hell out of their instruments. The song-writing is very proficient and the album is well-produced. In fact, it would be the perfect release if it weren't so bloody monotonous.

Highs: Technically very slick, both in playing and production quality.

Lows: The constant feeling of deja vu as one track blends into another.

Bottom line: If you can't get enough Swedish death metal, this is a very good release and you'll probably enjoy it, but no one else need bother.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)