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Review By Tony Cannella

New Mexico’s For the Suffering has previously released one full-length self titled album. They have just issued their 4-song EP titled “Life Without a Cure” and I had no idea what I was in for. The band plays wickedly intense thrash/death metal/hardcore type music with lead vocalist Kierston Graham just absolutely tearing it up on the mic. She alternates between a clean singing style and otherworldly screaming. The thing is, she can actually sing – quite well – as her clean vocals will prove. Strap yourself in, because the opening track “Blue Collar Noose” really gets things going fast and furious. Right away Kierston Graham alternates between her vocal styles, as this opening track proves to be relentless and quite ferocious. The next two songs, “Life Without A Cure” and “Oubliette” are two more brutal numbers. On the final track “Belly of the Beast” the band throws us a curveball. After three songs of belligerence, For The Suffering ends with a 4-minute ballad that is just Kierston’s beautiful vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar. What a change of pace, but a memorable way to end the CD. Fans, who like their metal with an aggressive edge, should by all means check out For the Suffering. “Life Without a Cure” is a high octane, high adrenaline rush of a CD.

Rating – 85/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Blue Collar Noose
  2. Life Without a Cure
  3. Oubliette
  4. Belly of the Beast


Line Up

  • Kierston Graham – Vocals
  • Dave Williamson – Guitar
  • Bryon Little – Bass
  • Marty Williamson – Drums

 

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