POLTERCHRIST - ENGULFED BY SWARM - SEASON OF MIST
Polterchrist is apparently not a new band. The US mob has been around, on and off, since 1994 and has indeed opened for the likes of Sinister and Hypocrisy. The band's music, at first listen, is standard death metal. The sound takes after good old Florida death metal - although the act hails from Philadelphia - in general and Resurrection and Brutality in particular. The latter band also supplies the pattern for most of Polterchrist's soloing. So far so good, if a tad on the standard side, but the band deems it appropriate to complicate matters by inserting the odd Fear Factory-style dance sound or ambient scream. Things never quite recover after that obviously. Desolate Paradise has a Queensrÿche-meets-off beat feel to it, while the instrumental Terminal is a take on Metallica's riffing. Otherwise, the christs are a standard death metal band with a Fear factory influence. - Ali "The Metallian"