If you look for the word “brutal” on the dictionary, you will find the following meanings: “Extremely ruthless or cruel; Crude or unfeeling in manner of speech; Harsh; unrelenting; vicious; savage; inhuman; severe; beastly” I don’t think the people who writes the dictionary knows Dew-Scented, because if they did, they would include it as one of the first meanings of brutal. Looking at the band name, though, one could seriously doubt that this is a death/thrash metal band, as I’m sure you will agree with me that dew-scented isn’t exactly the most frightening of names and maybe it could be best portrayed by a doom or folk group.
With that being said, forget about the name. Dew-Scented is one of the most cold-blooded, ruthless acts of death/thrash metal out there. Hailing from Germany and formed by vocalist Leif Jensen, these thrashers have been putting out quality efforts since their inception in the early 90’s, and show no signs of slowing down.But they don’t play traditional thrash metal like Death Angel or Destruction, or death metal like Nile or Krisiun. Instead, they rely on a mixture of both: heavy riffs, up-tempo tunes, fast drums, and guttural vocals.
The fans tend to consider on some level that ‘Impact’ is Dew-Scented best album (which I agree, by the way), but I dare say that ‘Intermination’ delivers a similar (if not better, at times) effort by the band. It is the latest entry in their discography (curiously, all the band’s albums start with the letter “I”) and offers a modern and aggressive approach of the thrash/death metal genre, in the likes of Legion of the Damned. You can also see a little bit of Testament and Kreator in the riff department, almost certainly two of their influences.
Starting with “Declaration of Intent”, the band lures you into the experience with a low-paced intro that hides the true intentions of the band. The next song, though, “On a Collision Course”, delivers exactly what you will listen through the whole album: a dark, aggressive, fast and brutal piece of music that will make your ears beg for mercy. The sporadic blasting drum sessions and the towering riffs featured on songs like “Scars of Creation” and“Demon Seed”all contribute to the brutal atmosphere. This effort vastly resembles the aforementioned ‘Impact’ musically, added with some nuances of albums like ‘Issue IV’ and ‘Icarus’. The performance of the members is top-notch, with fierce vocals, heavy and prolific guitar work, quality bass and loud drums, and the songs are well produced and well mixed, making it easy to differentiate between the instruments, especially in the parts that have faster drumming and guitar work.
All in all, ‘Intermination’ is a solid album with no fillers, and another great statement by the band. It is not unique or even that different from the band’s other displays, but it has a good impact nevertheless. You should listen to this when you want to blow off some steam, or even canalize your anger into something. If you like powerful and aggressive displays of music, this is for you. If you prefer a more sophisticated approach, give this a try as well, as it contains a good measure of intrinsic and melodic passages without losing its brutal essence.
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