Thursday, December 06, 2012

Plector: Punishment Day (2012)

End of the Road

Review by Metallattorney. He is the law.

This is apparently it for Plector. According to the promotional information, Plector will be no more after the release of this album. A lack of forward progression apparently led to the decision to end things for this band. So this, their second full-length, will also be their last.

Plector's sound is mostly thrash metal with the occasional death metal influence creeping in at times. The riffs have a lot of bottom end to them and are heavy and muscular. Coupled with the commanding and deep vocals, Plector has a meaty sound with a lot of crunch. This is Swedish thrash metal in the vein of Carnal Forge and early The Crown. It also has a very modern feel to it. This is not retro thrash metal.

The band seem to play music because they genuinely enjoy it. Tracks like "Postal" have something of a playful feel to them. As if this is a band made up of a couple of friends who just want to play to have a good time. There is nothing overly serious here, no real message to glean, just some guys having fun playing metal. There is something to be said for that. It is kind of a rare thing these days. There is not a lot musically that makes the band stand out. They are a fairly typical Swedish thrash metal band. There are some decent tracks and some good riffs, but it is not anything that has not been heard before.

Through the entire album, there is an air of finality. Plector knows that this is the last gasp for them and the final two tracks show that. Obviously the titles "The Ending" and "Devotion" betray some sense that the band is done after the last note has been played. This comes across through the music. "The Ending" is an instrumental track with a somewhat somber tone, even though it is hardly a soft song. "Devotion" is a tale from the band about how this is their life and it is coming to an end. The song ends abruptly and the sense of loss can be felt.

This is it for Plector, but it has been a fun ride.

The Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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