Edge of Sanity

Nothing But Death Remains

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While Edge of Sanity didn't break any new ground on this 1991 debut, the group exhibited a certain flair that's hard to come by in the death metal arena. Solid throughout, this eight-song release had a strong impact among metal enthusiasts with its consistent, rather colorful, if not untraditional music. The low, torturous vocals that play a large role in defining any real death metal band are never abandoned during Nothing but Death Remains. This textural stasis is heartily matched by the perpetually buzzing guitars. Together with some capable drumming, the whole concoction works nicely on standout tracks like the well-grooved "Angel of Distress" and the hyper-syncopated "Human Aberration." There are only a few dull moments, and they are brief, so Nothing but Death Remains qualifies as a very respectable debut from one of death metal's more reliable '90s outfits.

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