||OK, here we have a melodic, aggressive death
metal band of sorts from Ohio that call themselves Angelrust.
This metal quartet comes across the board to me as a band with no
definitive direction as of yet, being very early in their careers.
I would hinder to say, though, that Angelrust have some great ideas
and experiment a lot on this promo disc. There are a lot of catchy
riffs and also some very odd turns in their songs. Like- you think
there will be a tremendously catchy "bang-your-head" riff
following a melodic-power chord riff... but you get an acoustic arpeggio
(ex: "Perdition"). There are a lot of off-time solos that
still seem to fit the songs nicely, so they are very tight and extremely
technical at times! They also utilize the formula for clean and death
vox, which in their case/sound actually fits the mold better than
most. All of this entangled musicianship is solely based on death/thrash
riffs. I will venture the word of "improvement" in small
areas, but what they need not improve is their musical expertise and
understanding for rich textures. Perhaps once they're signed, they
will sound a little more free-flowing - but I dig it....
Reviewed By: Thomas