(TheMadIsraeli brings you an overview of an Israeli band named Prey For Nothing and free downloads of their two albums.)
Prey for Nothing are currently the best melodic death metal band in recent years you’ve never heard of. Their relative obscurity is unfortunate and the reasons hard to imagine; maybe they’re simply the victim of the tidal wave of music that circulates the internet, or maybe it’s their location (Israel), from which very few bands have made a name for themselves outside the country. All I know is, this band, while relatively young, have not gotten their just due. Their last record, Against All Good and Evil (2011), was a stunning sophomore effort and one of the best albums of its year.
So who are Prey for Nothing? Basically, think of an amalgamation of sounds that borrow from schools of thought ranging from Death, to Kreator, to Insomnium, and beyond. While definitely melodic death, Prey For Nothing would verge on simply being progressive death metal were it not for some of the more pedal-point riffy moments and harmony/theme heavy guitar sections that are typically not native to death metal. They are excellent songwriters, more progressively inclined than most, but only to spice things up and keep them interesting and not so much to show off how good they are. The same goes on the technique front, as all of these guys are immensely talented at their craft, particularly guitarist/main composer Yaniv Aboudy, whose biting character of riffage is exceptionally complemented by his neo-classical flourishes and ferocious napalm spray tech displays. The music is venomous, dignified, enigmatic and soul-reaping. Continue reading »