Islay – The Angels’ Share
Germans Islay play a melodic and groove inspired style of melodic death metal with plenty of intricate harmonies and mosh-worthy rhythms.
I’ve for the most part been impressed with German heavy metal and extreme metal bands since the early days of Kreator, Sodom and Destruction, but for some reason, Islay just don’t have that fire, which made German metal so well known the world over. These guys are pretty tight in their playing, with tons of intricately executed riffs and harmonies and grooves that are sure get a whole pit going. However, “The Angels’ Share” is nothing out of the ordinary, and it’s not something that has not been done really well by the likes of Scar Symmetry, Callenish Circle and God Dethroned.
Title track “The Angels’ Share” has some interesting keyboard lines, which go really well with their choppy rhythms and dirty, growl powered vocals here. This one also has a nice synth and guitar interlude within the middle part of the song, but apart from this, I was not convinced that this German combo have what it takes to become a strong contender within the international melodic death metal scene. Check it out; it just might be your cup of cold coffee. Final Gate Records Sarjoo Devani