CONFESSOR — Confessor (review)

CONFESSOR — Confessor album cover EP · 1992 · Doom Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
UMUR
"Confessor" is an EP release by US technical doom/thrash metal act Confessor. The EP was released through Earache Records in 1992. The band released their debut full-length studio album "Condemned" in October 1991 and then participated in the "Gods of Grind" tour with fellow Earache Records label mates Entombed, Cathedral, and Carcass. A very succesful tour which also spawned the "Gods of Grind" split album in 1992. The "Confessor" EP was probably released to continue riding the wave of succes that the band was on at the time.

The music style on the EP is Confessor´s unique technical doom/trash metal style with Scott Jeffreys characteristic high pitched vocals in front. There are 4 tracks on the 19:19 minutes long EP. The first track "Condemned" is taken directly off the debut album. So if you already have that album there´s nothing new about that one. Great technical doom/thrash metal track, but nothing new. "Last Judgement" is a Trouble track taken from that band´s 1983 demo while the instrumental "Endtime", which is another Trouble cover, is taken from Trouble´s debut full-length studio album "Psalm 9 (1984)". Both covers are given the Confessor tech doom/thrash metal treatment and are the highlights of the EP. Great material. The last track on the EP is a demo version of "Collapse Into Despair" which in it´s studio version is featured on the debut album. It´s decent but I prefer the album version.

The material on "Confessor" is generally of high quality but the inclusion of two tracks from "Condemned" (albeit one of them in a demo version that varies a little from the original) does drag my rating down (the fact that all tracks except the demo track also appear on the "Gods of Grind (1992)" split album, doesn´t exactly raise my rating either). I would have prefered at least three new tracks. Then I could have lived with one track from "Condemned". So a 4 star (80%) rating drops to a 3.5 (70%) star rating. It´s still a great release though.
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