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Predator by The Taste of Blood

Predator by The Taste of Blood

Album Review

It’s kind of surprising to learn that the Taste of Blood are from Santa Cruz, CA, instead of some remote Scandinavian outpost. Instead of the usual surfer-friendly pop associated with that sleepy little college town, this quintet plays Swedish-style black metal with more credibility than even many Swedish bands can muster. Singer Derek Rydquist is one of those rare metal singers who can pull off the over-used “death grunt” vocals without sounding utterly ridiculous, but he wisely varies his attack to include hardcore-style barking and even the occasional bit of, you know, actual singing. Led by the twin-guitar attack of Tommy Legen and Chase Fraser (love these defiantly non-rock & roll names, incidentally; somehow “Chase Fraser” is inexplicably more bad-ass in this context than naming yourself “Mudshark Bildungsroman” or something like that), the band is all machine-tooled precision, both fast and tight in a style of music…




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