Execute The Fact
Hit and miss debut is a long time coming
Finnish newcomers Dauntless may be a new name to most if not all, but they do have a long history of demos behind them. In fact, ten long years of demos. I guess you could say it was about time that they got it together for their debut long player? Well, if death/thrash is your thing, then vocalist Ari Nieminen, guitarists Riku Katainen and Sami Helle, bassist Olli MÃ¤Ã¤ttÃ¤ and drummer Santeri Salmi are serving up something squarely into your court.
The delicate, atmospheric beginnings of Ruins are soon shattered by ferocious blast beats and guttural vocals as Dauntless launch into full effect - the riffs fly thick and fast as do the time changes and tight rhythms, which is a trend that continues with Shelter Equals The Grave, before Born Controlled pokes its head above the rest and manages to bring the album to life and out of the mediocre field that it was in to this point. Flow Of Fortune has its moments with the change-ups that appear here and there, but for the most part it is fairly one dimensional.
But from this point on, there's little to really write home about. The predictable blasts of Blindfolded Solution and Sickest Victory merely come across as chaotic noise offering little in the way of substance to the material when they do appear. The band's strengths lie in thick grooves they create particularly in Body Open Wide, the slower melodic lead section of Suffocated Voice and the excellent finale, Four Walls United.
One could be mean and say that you can see why it's taken ten years for these guys to get passed the demo stage. There are elements here that suggest that they still have a ways to go such but by the same token, when everything locks into place, things sound good and look hopeful for the quintet. It's a bit of a rough start, but time will tell if they can refine things further. Let's hope it's not another ten years until we find out.
(Firebox Records/Modern Invasion Music Distribution)