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Seregon - "A Future Expired" (CD/EP)

Seregon - "A Future Expired" CD/EP cover image

"A Future Expired" track listing:

1. Band of Brothers (5:46)
2. Replicators (8:44)

Reviewed by on December 29, 2009

"'A Future Expired' is a fairly good stab at some thrash by a band still trying to find its identity."

Seregon is a modern thrash and death metal outfit from the UK, with just enough progressive elements thrown in not to be too stodgy. They are independent and released their third EP (with a full seven songs) in 2009. The “A Future Expired” EP was a precursor, and a pretty accurate one at that.

“Band of Brothers” starts in with some death-y styled riffs and a bass you can actually hear, and then moves into straight thrash territory. James Moore’s vocals are gritty and consistent, very much in the Tom Araya mold. The band has aggression and tempo changes to the teeth, and the touch of progressive writing makes the otherwise repetitive first song tolerable.

“Replicators” is almost nine minutes long, and can’t quite hold up to the run time. It starts quite promisingly, with good and catchy riffs that alternate with down tuned vocal sections and thrash bridges. But the song can’t hold itself together after the solo, and the back half of the song is a rehash of the front half that just isn’t as good. I think the band didn’t know how to end it, as when the outro finally comes, it’s pretty pointless.

“A Future Expired” is a fairly good stab at some thrash by a band still trying to find its identity. If raw material is your bag, then these are a couple good songs, but otherwise just pick up the band’s most recent work.

Highs: The solo on “Replicators” is musical and thrilling.

Lows: The second half of "Replicators" is unnecessary.

Bottom line: Pretty good shot by a raw and unsigned thrash band.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
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)