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Not Above Evil

"Now this is pretty good, NAE take their musical cues from a number of diverse influences. There are large slices of Behemoth and Bathory style black metal in their sound, a fair bit of old school Slayer type thrash as well, and then, just to take the edge off the bang and bludgeon there are bits of Lamb Of God and Mastodon-U-Like southern metal thrown in the mix as well. The result is most pleasing to the ear and makes for a far more complete and rounded sound than on the preceding Deification opus. It's almost as if NAE have come of age musically.. - Jon Wisbey, The BCFM Sunday Rockshow Rev ...read more

"Now this is pretty good, NAE take their musical cues from a number of diverse influences. There are large slices of Behemoth and Bathory style black metal in their sound, a fair bit of old school Slayer type thrash as well, and then, just to take the edge off the bang and bludgeon there are bits of Lamb Of God and Mastodon-U-Like southern metal thrown in the mix as well. The result is most pleasing to the ear and makes for a far more complete and rounded sound than on the preceding Deification opus. It's almost as if NAE have come of age musically.. - Jon Wisbey, The BCFM Sunday Rockshow Review Blog (Jan 14, 2012.

"This Manchester four piece bring the shit it’s that simple. With Death metal growls, precision playing and well crafted tracks. It’s in your face brain shredding metal. The band give their influences as many but include Lamb of god and Mastadon. I’d like to add a touch of Cradle of Filth and Dimmu to that and shake it up, tip it and you get this. Guitar work many bands only get wet dreams about and a back section that pounds your face like a sledge-hammer to the cranium. Every track delivers its own little bit of evil and its own little bit of pain. However its a very listenable release one that doesn’t drive you away actually whilst doing this I had it on repeat. This is an important step for British metal and we need to get behind bands like this and show the world the talent we have right here.. - Angel, Roarrock (Jan 13, 2012.

"If you like intelligent, complex melodic death metal then Not Above Evil have it all – scything riffs, soaring solos, sand-blasted vocals and a tight rhythm section, not to mention powerful, memorable songs that stay with you long after the album has faded down into silence. A brilliant slab of muscular metal, Not Above Evil are a band to treasure.. - Philip Stiles, Sonic Abuse (Jan 15, 2012.

"‘Against The Tides’ is one of the best tracks on here with memorable guitar solos that allow you to look past the slightly cheesy sounding lyrics. The only major let down is the progressive intro to ‘Nexus’ which doesn’t seem to fit the style set by the rest of the album. I’m not quite sure what they were trying to achieve with this. Luckily that track does have certain redeeming features such as the guitar solos towards the end. Another notable track is ‘As The Curtain Falls’ which continues where ‘Against The Tides’ left off with more memorable guitar riffs and solos that have enormous mosh-pit potential. The final track ‘The Duel’ seems like the perfect way to end this album with its deceptively slow and melodic intro that ensures the listener is all the more unprepared for the intensity of the remainder of the song. Overall this is a very solid release.. - Iza Raittila, Valkyrian Music (Nov 23, 2011.

"Melodic Death Metal is one of those genres which can often divide opinions amongst those who listen to it, sometimes going past the melodic point and sometimes taking it too far meaning it’s too soft. What Not Above Evil have done though is take the genre and make it their own, creating an album which isn’t a simple collection of tracks, but a journey. There are so many influences here within the music which grab you and pull you in, but the whole time the band stamp their own take firmly upon it, meaning that whilst you can link them to their peers, most of the time what you’re hearing is unique and fresh. As an album, this is a hell of an achievement and something which I think is going to serve these guys well from here in, I for one will be keeping a close eye on them to see what comes next!. - Loud Stuff, Loud Stuff (Dec 14, 2011.

"Once again Manchester produces a Death Metal collection worthy of the highest esteem, complexities highlighting musicians prepared to push and extend themselves to the limits. Elaborate riffs and patterns, enhanced by blistering solos, provide perfect accompaniment to debut album “Deification” emphasising Not Above Evil’s position in the high echelons of U.K or even the worlds metal acts.. - Andy Barnes, MUDKISS FANZINE - ANDY'S ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT OCTOBER ALBUMS (Oct 24, 2011.

"Their riffs and drumming prove to me at least that they like Lamb of God - a lot - but their vocalist goes for a high-pitched, throat-shredding black metal shriek more often than a guttural roar, and that sets them apart somewhat. The songs' guitar solos are tasteful and well-executed, too. Thumbs up.. - P.D. Freeman, Webmaster/Content Editor at Roadrunner Records, SM2 Roadrunner (Oct 11, 2011.

"No question about it, you guys are making some very classy, interesting and somewhat technical metal here. Production is really good, and the vocals managed to straddle the right balance between the vicious brutality and discernible melodies. Keep up the good work!. - Jonny Satts, Senior Vice President of new media at Roadrunner Records, SM2 Roadrunner (Oct 11, 2011) « hide


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