June 9th, 2010
Release Date: November 28th, 2008
Label: Napalm Records
Website: None available
Debut album releases tend to be the most important in a band’s career, no matter how big or small they are. Setting your intended style for your potential fanbase early is important so further albums can be made. The Modern Age Slavery‘s debut release ‘Damned To Blindness’ is a constant chaotic push forwards, and a flurrying musical frenzy speeding at you from all directions.
The likes of ‘Damned To Blindness’ and ‘Vile Mother Earth’ are packed with the fast yet harsh and technical guitar input, the speeding battering drum work displaying some of the fastest examples of double-bass drum work in the genre, and manic and murderous-like vocal offerings that many bands wouldn’t dare tread so far into for a safe debut release. The chaos strewn across track after track is at times unreal, considering the fact that the band manages to achieve such a feat whilst still making each track individual and their own as opposed to very little unsimilarities across the whole board. A simple look at the album’s front cover artwork is enough to give off this impression.
In a counter to this though, there are times where the constant onslaught delivered through ‘Damned To Blindness’ seems a little too much and a tad overdone. Most people may even find it too much to be able to listen to the entire record in one sitting, so is definitely not one for the faint-hearted.
Nonetheless, The Modern Age Slavery have managed to successfully create a debut that doesn’t hold back for a second, and throw you right into the blood boiling and adrenaline pumping action. ‘Damned To Blindness’ could very possibly be a worthy contender for the heaviest release of 2008 â€“ be warned!
Written by Zach Redrup