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Hemoptysis - Who Needs A Shepherd?

By Charlie Steffens aka Gnarly Charlie, Writer/Photographer
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 @ 4:16 AM


Lack Label Records

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Blasting out of Phoenix is a four-piece metal explosive called Hemoptysis. Who Needs A Shepherd?, the band’s debut EP, flaunts similarities to Megadeth in technical prowess and ferocity, sporting death metal flavors from every region, particularly Sweden. The EP is five blasting songs of speedy, whip-lashing bliss—sonically akin to a nocturnal emission.

The captivating “Shadow of Death” showcases the growling rasp-vocals of frontman/guitarist Masaki Murashita and displays a reckless, while precise, exchange of dueling guitars over a killer backdrop of bass and drums. Every track burns with a guitar-heavy, blackened-by-hellfire sound which will woo the new breed and old schoolers alike. Hemoptysis could be labeled as a “no label, extremely talented, son-of-a-bitch of a metal band from Arizona.” Buy this album or download it a track at a time.

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