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Neophytic German metal troupe Hackneyed play with the deathcore style sharply in focus on their nine-track disc DEATH PREVAILS. Undoubtedly heavy yet lacking development in spots, this act, whose median age is merely 16, have drawn from extreme metal's elite to compose a rough around the edges sonic battering on cuts like "Gut Candy" and "Axe Splatter". Liberal in their use of technical death metal elements and gore metal imagery, this band's debut is a remarkable effort when considering their age and experience and will definitely appeal to those into Suicide Silence and Job for a Cowboy as well as old schoolers who remember the warmongering of Bolt Thrower.
- Mike SOS