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SPEAKERS FOR THE DEAD
PREY FOR MURDER
MAGNA CARTA

California metal quartet Speakers for the Dead’s 12-track debut radiates with a ‘90s metal influence from Sevendust to VOD, laden with downtuned and depressive crashing metal and a flurry of growls and screams. This outfit’s melodic meets chaotic style gets tired after a few listens of PREY FOR MURDER, but the band unfurls a few tricks, such as the surprisingly sensationally sprawling “Long Way Home”, a track reminiscent of Ultraspank meets Rollins Band at its jammiest, and the atmospherically epic “I’ve Become”. But for the most part, this unit runs the metal gauntlet from the Black Label Society stomp of “Back Home” to the nu metal assault of “Pest” and “About to Fall” much like a combo of Drowning Pool, Dope, and Taproot.
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