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Locusta - "Locusta" (CD)

Locusta - "Locusta" CD cover image

"Locusta" track listing:

1. War of Knaves
2. Mutiny
3. Death or Devotion
4. Betrayed by the Sea
5. 2012
6. Dusk at the Mausoleum
7. Into the Tomb
8. Vlad Tepes
9. Masters Ethereal
10. Locusta

Reviewed by on July 21, 2010

"This band is oozing with potential and definitely not something you want to miss out on."

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, blackened death metal band Locusta named themselves after a female chemist from Rome who was also regarded as the first documented serial killer. Their debut album, "Locusta," stands above most new bands that are trying to break through the metal scene today. Taking the inspiration from their influences from the extreme metal spectrum, these guys are very technical with their instruments and show a lot of conviction. The drums are the only complaint I can make in that area. They just sound too tinny and small on this album that sounds so full and robust. The album cover is something that I was really impressed with; it’s very dark and somber and captures the rawness that I think Locusta wants to get across to the listener.

The component they’re having a hard time grasping onto is the songwriting. It’s not all that bad, but there’s not really anything that sticks in my head when listening to it. Hopefully, this will be a bigger focus on their next album. “Masters Ethereal” is the one track where I take an exception to what I said before about the drumming being too small and tinny. Simon Tracy truly shows off his abilities here and compliments the track with his genuine ability.

One of the most rhythmic tracks and one of my favorites, “2012,” shows that the band does have a lot to offer, but again I’d like to hear a little more from vocalist Brad Deerhake than constant grunting. “Vlad Tepes” is the only track I actually had a problem with. It starts out with a nice chugging riff, but then the guitar came in way too loud all of the sudden and throws it all off balance. The self-titled track is possibly the best one on here and another favorite of mine. Everything sounds balanced, with great guitar riff and Brad sounding almost comprehensible, not always a standard for most black metal bands.

This is a promising beginning for Locusta. If they focus more on the songwriting and balancing the production, their next album could be something incredible. This band is oozing with potential and definitely not something you want to miss out on.

Highs: Show a lot of raw passion, great guitar riffs

Lows: Vocals and songwriting are lacking.

Bottom line: Shows a lot of promise for a debut album from this blackened death metal band.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 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)