Deadwater Drowning

Deadwater Drowning

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The line between some of the current hardcore and death metal seems to often come down to image. Deadwater Drowning, a four piece outfit from New Hampshire, plays a style that is highly dependent on the more technical side of death metal but probably would be considered hardcore because their logo doesn't feature dripping body orifices and some illegible font. However, let's call a spade a spade here: Deadwater Drowning is nothing more than death metal and done without many frills or excitement. Quite possibly the best thing about this five song self-titled EP is that it is over within twenty minutes, making it less time to suffer through than if they had gone ahead with a full length. While the band is adept at those crazy things like deft time changes and a bevy of heavier than Rosie O'Donnell riffs, the culmination of the CD is an undirected, wandering trip through, well, riffs and varying drum patterns. There is such little variation between individual songs that they might as well have called it a single song or called each new time change a new song, making for an indexing nightmare on par with Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Despite some evident ability by the members of this band, Deadwater Drowning fails entirely to move me.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/2003

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