Xentrix
For Whose Advantage?


3.5
great

Review

by Mister Twister USER (21 Reviews)
April 27th, 2013 | 32 replies | 1,813 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A powerful thrash album with progressive undertones, in spite of its flaws.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

For Whose Advantage? is a neat album. Released by Xentrix in 1990, this was a thrash album which fused elements of progressive metal as well. While this approach of blending genres is not entirely unheard of, they do it in a way that is more effective than most, leading to a satisfying end result.

Many bands make attempts to fuse 'x genre' with 'y genre', leading to elements appearing from 'y genre', but feeling tacked on and contrived. Fortunately, the songwriting present here is much more solid, feeling as though it was planned from the beginning to be a progressive thrash album, and effectively reaching this goal.

Unfortunately, there is also a contrast present. The more melodic components of the album do feel tacked on, and don't flow naturally with the album. Due to the band being at their peak during moments of aggression, the slower passages found in songs such as The Bitter End simply distract from the more interesting parts of the album. This is not helped by the admittedly poor voice of the vocalist, which remains as aggressive shouting even during the more subdued passages. This creates a startling contrast between the melodic instrumental section and the abrasive vocal performance, but not in a good way.

This album is very much a guitar-driven album. Playing is quite technical and fast, with riffs galore that are memorable and simply fun. This comes with the unfortunate side effect of the other facets of the band feeling like an afterthought. As mentioned before, the vocal performance is simply shouting, which is very generic. While this may not be too bad for fans of thrash metal, those who listen to the album for the progressive edge may be put off. In addition, the drums have little variety, leading to songs being somewhat difficult to distinguish from one another. Fortunately, the work done by the guitar is strong enough to support the rest of the band.

Though it is flawed, For Whose Advantage? is still an enjoyable album. Some weaker tracks appear here and there, but the standout tracks are strong enough to support the album and create a pleasurable experience.

Highlights:
Black Embrace
Desperate Remedies
Questions



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Mister Twister
April 26th 2013



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My first review. Please offer any constructive criticism!

EDIT: Re-written in a proper essay format as of June 26th, 2013.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2013



18603 Comments


Ruuules

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tempest--
April 26th 2013



10808 Comments


Try to avoid track by track reviews, and go for a more essay-like structure. There's some grammatical errors, such as the use of "it's" when you mean "its" ("it's" is only ever used as a contraction for "it is").
Also, try describing describing how the song/album sounds rather than just what happens in it, if that makes sense, and remember, a thesaurus can be your best friend!

As for the album, I remember this being pretty awesome, but I haven't heard it in probably ~4+ years. Must check out again some time soon.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2013



18603 Comments


It's prolly skele

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2013



18603 Comments


Actually maybe not. Either way just nice to see it finally has a review

cinaedus
April 26th 2013



26195 Comments


every new user is skele

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2013



18603 Comments


Joined in 2010 tho

cinaedus
April 26th 2013



26195 Comments


it's me then

Geadom
April 26th 2013



2688 Comments


Need to check this band.

Would POS, but i hate track by tracks. Try the next time to focus on the music, with samples / examples taken from the tracks, instead of reviewieng each one individually, wich is quite tiresome to read, dude.

TheNotrap
April 27th 2013



7817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pretty interesting piece of UK thrash.
This and the previous are their best works.
Auto-pos.


ffs
April 27th 2013



4670 Comments


this is gr8

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2013



18198 Comments


Props for reviewing this.

I dig this band's debut hard but never really got into this one, need to give it another spin at some point.

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Artuma
April 27th 2013



8456 Comments


what Lloyd said.

this isn't still a bad review for a first, keep it up!

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Mister Twister
April 27th 2013



1435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the advice, guys!

KILL
April 27th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome record nice 1

demigod!
April 27th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album arts one of my fav for thrash

Geadom
April 27th 2013



2688 Comments


Isnt this an Ed Repka artwork?

demigod!
April 27th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not according to wikipedia, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were wrong

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2013



18603 Comments


now go review shatered existence but this time don't make it a track by track :D

Fluttertrank
April 29th 2013



16954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dat title track.

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