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Post by Driven on Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:21 pm

I got this album in the mail a couple of weeks ago from Bill Menchen. Although Bruce (cousin) Menchen is the mainman behind this project, Bill is distributing it.

Anyway, so what we have in DTS (Dead To Sin, Romans 6:11) is '80s melodic metal, kinda like Stryper. Robert Sweet plays drums on this release, so it sounds somewhat more like Stryper. Bruce has a nice clean voice that goes well with the riffs, and the bass work sounds super cool.

Production: quite clean overall. The bass gets buried at times, and the drums are kinda too loud and override the mix a lot (in a car most often). A few effects, like auto tune, can be found here and there. 7/10

Packaging: cheap-ish indie release. The front booklet is only the album artwork, with a blank back, and the back cover is a bit of history and info. No lyrics, but they're easy to understand.

Songwriting: good but not great; it's more of a grower for me. Not that many hooks on first listen, but like I said it's a grower. Several slower songs, of which I'm not a fan. Good riffs and soloing, though; Robert Sweet keeps time rather well with a relatively basic style. Disc can be long with 16 songs; however, there's quite a bit of variety between piano ballads and up-tempo rockers. The lyrics are quite upfront and evangelical. 8/10

Get this if you like melodic-ish music like Stryper or Petra, or you are a fan of anything Bill Menchen has done. (trust me, they sound quite alike, given that Bruce learned from Bill! LOL) If you're into extreme metal and don't care for melody, then it might be best to skip it.

7/10
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Post by oldschooldoom on Fri May 04, 2012 9:02 am

Good review. Sounds like something I would really like. I've heard a song here and there but not the whole album at a time.
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Post by Guest on Fri May 24, 2013 4:06 pm

Bruce is a way better guitar player than singer. I remember him ditching school so he could practice guitar. Too bad Steve wasn't around to help with the solos like back in the day. He had this nice Lynch style and tone that accented Bruce's more European stylings quite nice.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:04 pm

It definitely is cheap enough to get.

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Post by dalmar6677 on Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:34 pm

sweet review looking forward to hearing it.

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