Rating:
8.0
Saviours - Accelerated Living
27 October 2009


01. Acid Hand
02. We Roam
03. F.G.T
04. Livin' In The Void
05. Burnin' Cross
06. Slave To The Hex
07. The Rope Of Carnal Knowledge
08. Apocalypse World Split
09. Eternal High


Saviours comes from USA but is not extremely famous in Europe yet. Things could changes with the release of their new album Accelerated Living, a perfect melting pot of Heavy, Thrash and Stoner. The fans of old school angry music should have a look at this band; those young dudes seem to be in the league of the last metalheads which still understand how (and why) good Metal was in the 80's!

I have the chance to listen to a lot of different CDs every months but I can tell you that it's not easy to find non-formatted bands and stuff with balls, real energy and anger. Saviours is one of the few bands who manages to propose something old-school with the same spirit that we could find during the 80's but without sounding redundant. Accelerated Living is a nice mix of old school Thrash Metal with some big Heavy Metal influences and a certain Rock N Roll spirit which can be assimilated to Stoner. Even if the voice of Austin Barber is really linear and monotonous, I like the fact that it's powerful and clearly gives energy and violence to the music. It's not really easy to describe Accelerated Living but you could maybe imagine a Rock N Roll Metallica (80's period) or a Thrash (and not Death) Entombed to get it. In the end this music is just really cool and I like this release because even if it's old school, this is actually refreshing. Some few bands play this kind of music nowadays, Accelerated Living is just a perfect way to regenerate yourself!

The production is not the strong point of the album. The fact is that Saviours chose to record this album like in the 80's, without any overproduction, without any effect and other new kind of electronic system. That's cool on a way but the sound is a bit weak too and if you use to listen to modern recording, it could be weird at first (but not really problematic too with time). The cover artwork is old school too, and looks amateurish on a side but this is good (one more time) to come back to the 80's where those kinds of covers were legions.

Accelerated Living is without any doubt a really nice surprise. It's been a while that I didn't had the chance to listen to an album which reminds me the good old past time but with a real personality however. If you're into Stoner, Heavy Metal and of course Thrash (because the riffs are definitely thrashy and violent) Accelerated Living is a must. Don't wait any more time to discover this band!

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 7


Band profile: Saviours
Album: Accelerated Living


 


written by Jeff | 20.10.2009



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Xnoybis - 20.10.2009 at 23:13  
Thanks, will definitely check it out. saw them with High on Fire and they put on a good set. "Into Abaddon" was a good release, and your thoughts reinforce my desire to check out their new album.
Ozman - 21.10.2009 at 00:30  
Will check this one otu. Saw them at Roadburn this year and realyl enjoyed them live.
Ag Fox - 29.10.2009 at 15:33  
Listening to the album for the first time now and I can't stop myself from nodding my head to the music! vocals may need a bit of time to get used to. thanks for the review, Jeff
Xnoybis - 03.11.2009 at 18:38  
On about the second spin after picking it up yesterday. it rocks. i really dig it, man! love the pace it's played at.
Lord_Regnier - 28.04.2013 at 05:00  
"The fans of old school angry music should have a look at this band; those young dudes seem to be in the league of the last metalheads which still understand how (and why) good Metal was in the 80's!"

While I agree that there was good Metal in the 80's, I can't help but feel that people greatly overestimate this decade nowadays. At least as far as Extreme Metal goes, there was better stuff in the 90's and 00's. And we get much better Extreme Metal albums these days than in the 80's.

For someone like me who don't like 'standard Heavy Metal' apart for a few exceptions, the 80's are only a good period, no more. Surely not the greatest.

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