Mevadio
Fresh Kill Daily

Denmark’s Mevadio are either going to appeal to a lot of people or simply not appeal to a lot of people simply based on their wide variety of influences. Part thrash, part melo death, part Nu metal, part modern groove metal, Mevadio could appeal to the Strapping Young Lad/Skinlab/Machine Head crowd with their robust, beefy high energy tones. But I could also see them simply falling by the way side due to a heavy modern rock/Nu metal sound that will just turn off more extreme metal heads.

Even the band is publized at the label’s website as “Filter Choruses, Korn Dynamics, Machine Head grooves, System of a Down variations and Slayer dynamics“. Slayer? I don’t think so guys.I have not heard debut Hands Down, but on the surface, everything seems acceptable-from Martin Kruger’s commendable Devin Townsend impression both screamed and sung, to the chunky Tue Madsen production. The riffs are solid, and range from thrash based, high octane numbers to groovier, denser riffs, and as background music, Mevadio could certainly pass for some head bobbing entertainment. However, as you peel back the layers and sit and actively listen to Fresh Kill Daily, it becomes apparent that Mevadio are simply recycling a number of influences with little or no ingenuity.

Still, the 10 tracks rumble with a catchy, hefty pace and while no single track really jumps out and cries for attention, you can certainly get through the album without wanting to turn it off-again though, if used as more of background, party music. A concerted listening effort, like say for review purposes though, just make the album ‘there’. Not bad, but not great either. Tracks like “Norma Jean” and “My Sweet Cage” appear as stout, thrashy, groove based numbers, but then tracks like “Operation Sabbatical (Hell Death)” is superficial forced thrash, while “Five Necessary Kills”, “Directors Cut” and “7 Deadly Songs” just reek of fairly commercial Rock/Nu metal ( A mix of Slipknot and Single Bullet Theory comes to mind), which will put off most extreme metal fans.

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Written by Erik T
July 1st, 2008

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