Drain S.T.H.


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Drain S.T.H. - Horror Wrestling ©1996 MGV/The Enclave
1. I Don't Mind
2. Smile
3. Serve The Shame
4. Mirror's Eye
5. Someone
6. Crucified
7. Stench
8. Crack The Liar's Smile
9. Klotera
10. Mind Over Body
11. Unforgiving Hours
12. Unreal

For lack of a better description, Drain S.T.H. (who hail from Sweden and don't sound anything like the black and death metal bands that make up the more familiar metal names) can be easily pegged as an all female (and much cuter) version of Alice In Chains. Drain uses those slow, grooving heavy guitar patterns, harmonies straight from the book of grunge and so on. Not this is a bad thing. I find the album to be something I wouldn't mind putting on late at night when I'm in the mood to kick back and catch a vibe, though I wouldn't be racing to put it on every single night. The music tends to reside in the background, building to a good climax with the end song "Unreal". The vocals are occasionally distorted and definitely not in the same realm as L7 or Hole, but more along the lines of a female, well, Layne Staley. If you're into the sounds of AIC and want to hear more, check this one out.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/1998

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Crack The Liar's Smile

Drain S.T.H. - Crack The Liar's Smile ©1998 Mercury
1. Crack The Liar's Smile
2. Ace Of Spades
3. I Don't Mind (clawfinger Remix)
4. Klotera (live)
5. Serve The Shame (acoustic)

Great little five song promotional single that I got after seeing Drain STH open for Clutch recently. Representing the other side of the metal spectrum in Sweden, these four lasses are showing some pretty impressive chops and heaviness throughout. The title track is a catchy piece of work that uses acoustic guitar to emphasize the heaviness while their slow cover of Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" is possibly the first time I've ever truly dug a Motorhead cover. Nice to see someone take a different approach to it. Drain's snappy sense of harmony shines throughout and makes a brooding song like the acoustic closer "Serve the Shame" outstanding. Drain may not be the most original outfit around but their overwhelming sound and quality make it worthwhile.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1998

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