Izegrim - Point Of No Return (EP)
Rusty Cage Records
Death/Thrash Metal
4 songs (16:32)
Release year: 2009
Rusty Cage Records
Reviewed by Goat

It’d be easy to call Izegrim an Arch Enemy rip-off, since the Dutch band (formed in 1996, to my surprise) play a similar form of music and have a growly blonde female for a frontsperson, but a bit of time spent with new EP Point Of No Return has led me to conclude that Izegrim are far from a copy of the more famous group. For a start, Point Of No Return is rooted more traditionally in the Death Metal style, a hint of violent Thrash Metal underlining the point. The songs are less catchy than Arch Enemy’s as well, but in a good way, allowing a little experimental influence in the songwriting to shine – the Eastern hints in No Place Like Home, the epic moments in Angel Of Demise and the stylistic shifts of End Of Time just a few examples. Although there’s nothing on Point Of No Return that will cause dropped jaws, there are plenty of hints of greatness – especially when guitarists Jeroen and Bart are allowed to shine, their leads pretty awesome and definitely improving the music here by association.

All good solos must come to an end, however, meaning that for the most part the groovier aspects of Izegrim’s sound take over. Let’s be honest, you’ll have heard it before, but it’s well-executed and makes for a good little EP that will hopefully be followed by a killer full-length. The EP is available to download free until the end of the month from Rusty Cage’s website (link above) and the band’s MySpace (link below) so be sure to check it out and keep an eye open for future offerings from Izegrim.

Killing Songs :
No Place Like Home, End Of Time, Angel Of Demise
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