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Conscious, "In Masses May We Conquer"
In Masses May We Conquer
2002, Demo
Conscious, "In Masses May We Conquer"

Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Conscious release their first demo, "In Masses May We Conquer" and lay out some very nice melodic death/black metal in the vein of recent Kataklym, Amon Amarth, and some of the more melodic European black metal bands. It's a strange mix with the melodic riffing style of Kataklysm and Amon Amarth mixed with black metal vocals reminiscent of Dark Funeral, but it's quite potent when it peaks in the vast, epic sections. They fully exploit the use of two guitarists, with some thick harmony riffing and counterpoint sections that really sound great among the more standard tremolo picking sections with those Frost-y blast beats. The songs are well arranged, with big hooks and nice verses that make this demo much more enjoyable some of the releases the bigger bands have been putting out lately. "Conscious" is a great song to name after the band, as it exhibits all of their best elements: thick harmony riffing, great guitar melodies, solid drumming and a wicked vocal delivery. It closes the demo in fine fashion and begs repeated listening. Conscious still have some work to do, but it's all little stuff that they'll get right by the time they get signed. And if they keep this up, that won't be very far off.

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