NUMSKULL - WHEN SUFFERING COMES - DEFILED
I had been curious about Numskull ever since it released an album some nine years ago; admittedly having never heard them, but having heard of them. The year is 1997 and I finally get to hear the band and it is a pleasure to do so. Many reviews have pointed out that the band is good but not spectacular and I tend to agree. However, for a band that has been at it for so long (albeit With line-up changes), these Illinois bangers maintain a splendidly brutal metal stance. My kudos to Numskull for having a pure death metal release which for comparison's sake can be described as a cross between Grave, Gorguts and Vital Remains. Guttural vocals with semi-technical guitar playing, metal solos and a solid drummer make a band and Num Skull does it professionally. Cover versions are decidedly way over-done, but the version of Burled Alive 'buried' here is so competent it picked me up and placed me in the olden days - well done. - Ali "The Metallian"