El Camino - Gold of the Great Deceiver (IMPORT) (CD)
Catalog number: NTRCD013
It is clear right from the start that El Camino aren't here to bullshit. They mean business and go straight for the jugular with the title track, "Gold of the Great Deceiver". Filthy, nasty and evil it annihilates anyone standing in their way. None of their songs are really that fast. Instead, they keep it mid-tempo throughout which definitely helps to bring out the darker side of the band. This "Land of Mine" follows and is almost punkish in a way and I think that lays mainly in the vocal approach. Daniel has a real cool raspy, angry voice which would make him fit into any kind of metal/punk style. On "Black Witch Love", El Camino slow things down a notch sounding like King Giant just about. Guitarists Nicke and Jimmy excel on this one, displaying some real nice licks and solos. The filth and grime really comes out on Småland.
"Torn" is sloooow, almost sludgy and damned good. The middle section has a repetitive awesome riff going on until an even better solo duel starts. The "One Of Evil" brings to mind a mixture of Black Sabbath and Cathedral where the guitar playing draws heavily from the mighty Iommi. Who can complain about that? Great stuff people. "The Wizard" is up next and no, it's not a cover of Black Sabbath's song. Instead it's actually kind of melodic in parts, but fret not metalheads because it helps to accentuate the heavier parts of the track real good. "Utmarsch" follows, which is Swedish and roughly translates to 'Marching Out'. It is a fitting title since it is the last song on the album. Slow, heavy and evil it draws 'Gold of the Great Deceiver' to an end and it leaves me yearning for more of this Swedish filth.
Having previously released one full-length, two EPs and two demos El Camino have certainly found their way and sound. I absolutely love it. Keeping the music on the slower side have certainly helped to bring out the evil they are looking for in their songs. True, most bands of this ilk opt for super fast annihilation which works great. However, going the opposite way El Camino stands out in the best possible way especially since they are carving out their own niche in an over-populated music world. Great stuff, people don't miss out on them!