TOTAL DEVASTATION - RECLUSION - FIREBOX
Any metal fan would know right away that this CD is going to be questionable when he comes across the band's influences which are Morbid Angel, Carcass, NIN, Ministry and Laibach. If that doesn't give it away then the band's sixth member Lauri Pikka (one of three Pikkas in the band) should.
The album begins with one of its worst songs, Murderous. The song is saddled with samples and synthesizers and is terrible of course. Reclusion gets better because, like other bands, Total Devastation soon realizes how forced its mixed salad is. The blasting surges soon like a Napalm Death, but the riffs, arrangements and beats are terribly unoriginal and uninspired. This probably explains the acts experimentation with synthesizers and samples except a- that itself is so uncreative b- it never works and c- it is the metal equivalent of throwing out the baby with the bath water. The heaviness, speed and gruff vocals could have been put to good use. Even the change of pace could have been an OK respite on a song like Ground Zero. Instead, the band's dreary material and trendy commercialism make these Finns another sell-out metal wannabe. - Anna Tergel