South Welsh Prog metallers Counterhold are a band with a bit of history, having formed in 2009 out of the remains of the band Fatal Taunt. The band has a sound full of riffs with plenty of melody, and with their album “All Of Them Slain” they are ready to show the world what they are made of!
“Disease” starts things off, with chugging guitars that descend into more prog-oriented material, with powerful vocals that are full of attitude yet at the same time have plenty of melody to back them up. A great start to the album, plenty of grit to get you into the swing of things with this album.
The band has a penchant for mixing heavy sounds with melodic moment it would seem, as songs like “Out For Dead” with its Iron Maiden style guitar harmonies giving way to more modern metal riffs seamlessly, and all this is combined with an awesome chorus.
Another highlight of the band’s talent for songwriting comes in the form of the song “Fatal Taunt” which features some great emotive lyrics too. “Walk On Water” is another worth mentioning, as it’s quite the ballad at first, gradually building up to make on great musical performance and a great guitar solo too!
There are some songs with a “heads-down” approach here too, such as “Hellsgate” with its epic build-up introduction to its speedier riffs later on, and “Children Of A Lesser God” which is an incredibly heavy track that still keeps plenty of dynamics going on throughout.
“Victim Of A Parasite” is another great track with a driving drum intro that powers the song along, before an angry scream signals mighty riffs to the fore, with plenty of groove and power. The production of the album is pretty good, quite loud and guitar heavy, but you can hear everything that’s going on. Although there is a lot of heaviness on offer here, the cleaner and softer parts of the album are just as well produced, and clearly a lot of effort has gone into the recording process!
Counterhold have so much to offer with this album; it really is worth a shot giving this a look in, plenty of heavy riffs, but also plenty of melody on offer, with lots to love if you’re a fan of stuff with a slightly more progressive approach. This band doesn’t overdo it on the prog stuff though, which is great, because they combine technical playing with great songwriting in a great fashion!