Introduction paragraphs are for the weak, I am too metal for them!
This is an Unearthed Review! If you do not like it, then I apologise!
I am reviewing The Death Storm, they are a storm of death.
Originally formed sometime during 2007 with both Ben and Lance still in high school, The Death Storm went through a series of name changes such as CODM and The Chris Barnes Tribute Band, but nothing besides a few ideas of songs and short practice sessions happened before going cold for the next few months. Mid 2008, ideas of death metal manifested itself again, an after a short time, the Death Storm was created. Lance then collected another few members in which to fill live spots.
Here is what I have to say about them:
Yesterday when I said that I believed there exist only two ways to avoid having the lyrics in your metal song sounding really lame.
1. Pull back and write about something mundane like Christmas hampers.
2. Dive in, go all out, and sing about the devil fighting vikings on a mountaintop with a war-axe.
I have been proved wrong.
There is another option.
3. Don’t use words at all, just make the kind of noises Satan might if he had a bronchitis.
It works. I have no idea what the song is about, but I can’t fault the lyrics.
The Death Storm list their influences as music, video games, and the omniverse. I don’t know if the omniverse are a metal band, but I’m going to assume they mean the actual omniverse and therefore are claiming they draw influence from a hypothetical collection of alternate realities.
The one track they have up, Eyes of Malice, does sound kinda like that. It sounds large.
Eyes of Malice is gloomy, big, moody, intense, and all the other things that make a good gothic sounding metal song sound like a good gothic sounding metal song. It really enjoys the genre and theme it’s playing with which is nice. Too often metal tracks get hung up on showing how fast their guitarist can play, instead of taking it slow and building some mood.
Quite frankly if you’re going to go right out and call your band The Death Storm and release a song called Eyes of Malice you should probably make an effort to suit those names.
They have done this admirably.