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Icons of Brutality – Between Glory and Despair

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After putting Absorbed (also worshipping the Swedish sound between 1998 and 2002) to rest, there weren’t a lot of Dutch bands who play like the Swedish Masters. From out of nowhere, Icons of Brutality from report for duty. Towards the release of “Between Glory and Despair” they have put some trailers on YouTube, but an official is not present in their discography. The band starts enraged with “Just Let Them Burn” and prove within seconds they have listened to certain “Brutal Icons” themselves. Old Dismember meets Bolt Thrower repeating groove is the recapitulation of “Between Glory and Despair”. The extra edge on this album is the sound of the leads as well as the leads themselves. It has a kind of haze effect in the mix. Unexpected but effective! The link with old Dismember can be heard on “Battalion 666” as a vocal harmonizer has been used like on Dismember’s “Defective Decay”. A more than fine debut! (Ricardo)