Soft music playing and a voice goes: In times past there lived a king and queen of the Ancient Metal Kingdom, who said to each other every day of their lives: “If only we had a metal child!”. And yet they had none. One day the queen was bathing and an ugly frog with a Motörhead tattoo came out of the water, leered at her and said drooling: “Thy wish shall be fulfilled. If you kiss and cuddle me, oh succulent one, thou shalt witness my transformation and get a child.” She did and SMACK BOOM there it was. IT?? Yes, called Denigrate – from Finland, playing Sleeping Beauty since 2007. [Soft music is brutally replaced by metal sounds!]. And they are back with a vengeance with their newest brainchild Hollowpoint, attacking straight with some real metal. Like a bullet hitting you at full tilt. There you go, nomen est omen.
When I started on Hollowpoint, I was floored! I admittedly expected something different and much flatter. But luckily the pudding proved to be jolly good eating. And they should probably rename this album to The Awakening or something. ‘Cause, this is real good, mature metal. No shit. The long slumber of this beauty has certainly done a world of good to the quality of their tune. Interestingly, the same happened to Sorcerer with In The Shadow of the Inverted Cross. When these folks came to from their beauty sleep and let loose, it just took your breath away. [...]