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The 8th Day | ‘Ascension’


For a self released cd both the packaging and production on this demo are amazing. The voluptuous 4 page booklet designed wholly by Unhinged looks the completely professional deal, which when opened to reveal a full colour cd print really does beg for a record contract. And so does the music.

Though perhaps a shade on the accessible side for my own tastes, the pounding cymbal clatter and abrasive screams call to mind a mix of the heaviest of Raging Speedhorn mixed with more ear freindly elements from the best of what the mainstream can offer.

In all these guys are like a more brutal version of NI’s Stand up Guy, but conversely like a more melodic and accessible version at the same time. Their ability to appeal to fans of both the extreme and also the accessible could prove to be a great boon for The 8th Day; it seems that they know exactly when to employ each aesthetic to maximum potency in the song.

The metaller is never alienated therefore by too much melody, and the more maistream listeners will have something to grab also. But the main thing thats great about this cd is that it’s just plain heavy, in the old fashioned sense of the word that makes you want to move.

The energy in “As it Withers from Within” is collossal and a full blown studio production could really see these guys doing very big things indeed: Im talking TV big here. Mairtin McCormaic wrote of Scavenger in Metalworks Magazine #3 “If I ran a label I’d be chasing these guys’ signatures”. Well, if I ran a label, The 8th Day would be getting hounded from me. This is a band that has something to offer everyone from metal’s diverse strands, and their ascension has but begun.

Earl Grey ::: 17/08/03


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