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The Occupier – Occupied Territory

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 25th February 2012 by Pieni

Band: The Occupier
Album: Occupied Terrirtory
Genre: Metal / Heavy Rock
Release Date: 2011
Label: Self Released


First thing I must warn you about this album: the recording is terrible! I know there’s a world-wide financial crisis, but since this is their debut album (or I think it is – any bio I’ve found on the internet doesn’t mention any recorded work, not even this one), they could have made an effort to find a more suitable studio, one that wouldn’t make you feel like you’re listening to the radio in one of those devices from the sixties. I’ve heard demos with much better quality than this.

The songs themselves aren’t bad… until Simon Whitby starts singing. Assuming that all vocals are his, he sings clean, except for a growling part on “Crime Of Passion (Rape)” and a harsher tone in parts of “Sonny Chiba”. In my opinion, that’s a big mistake. The aforementioned growls are the best vocal piece in the whole album. Whitby’s clean voice is monotone, flat, with a total lack of feeling on it. It may work live, as the strings and drums have enough energy to keep the audience headbanging and entertained, but recorded, it will hardly convince the majority of the listeners.

The band claims to play “old skool thrash metal with attitude”, but once again the voice ruins the effect, as the typical aggression of these bands is missing. ReverbNation calls it “heavy rock” and I go with it. The songs “Lizard King” and “Master Plan”, however, could be classified as thrash metal.


Renata “Pieni” Lino