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Devoid: A God's Lie

By Tyler Crooks

Release Date: September 8th, 2010
Record Label: Demonstealer Records

My rating points:

    Track Listing:
  1. A Silent Death
  2. Battle Cry
  3. Possessed
  4. Devoid of Emotions
  5. Black Fortress
  6. Hate Cult
  7. New World Order
  8. A God's Lie
  9. Beersong

"A God's Lie" is the debut album from Indian metal/thrash band "Devoid." Devoid was formed in 2005 in Mumbai, India, and quickly made a name for themselves.

"A God's Lie" begins with "A Silent Death," a short acousic introduction that transitions into the incredibly thrashy "Battle Cry." From the get-go, I sense a lot of different influence in this album. There's a lot of Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Exodus, and Death in it. There's a lot of soul and integrity in this band. What strikes me the most is the pristine mix on this album. The instrumentation rings through nice and clear, and makes for an incredible listening experience.

While Devoid seem to draw influence from many of their thrash predecessors, they manage to maintain their own fresh and original sound, without being too repetitive. Everything on this album is loud, heavy, and in your face. The track "New World Order" really sticks out from the rest of the tracks on the album. It sounds like an eclectic hodge-podge of every element of extreme metal. It feels as if the band channeled Gary Holt, Bill Steer, and Chuck Schuldiner to create a thrash epic. Whatever they did, it worked.

The track "Possessed" is another unique track. It doesn't sound like thrash metal at all. It sounds more like a grindcore/thrash hybrid in the vain of Carcass, especially with Arun Iyer's vocal styling. It's an incredibly interesting and enthralling track, with a killer bassline and riffs that leave you begging for more.

Overall, Devoid have really hit the nail on the head with their first album. It's an opus of extreme metal glory, and I hope their next album follows in the same fashion. The only qualm I have with this album is the drum mix seems a bit sloppy and thin. But, if you can get past that, you'll love this album. Demonstealer Records did a great job scouting these guys out and giving them a chance, and I hope you'll all do the same.

To buy the CD and for more information, visit the band's official facebook page.

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