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The Great Execution
The Great Execution
Price: £17.27

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchier, bolder and greater, 29 Jan 2014
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After going to several live concerts from the band Krisiun and having bought almost their all discography this album comes as a good refresh at this point in their career. Yes it is true, they can sound very relentless at times with their brutal scale progression, loop riffs and blast beats, however since the last two albums they have moved, in my opinion, to a more death_groove side of their sound (no it does not sound like Entombed). 'The Great Execution' album has diversity, with great catchy, fast and very fast moments. All the elements are in good measure, without any sense of song deja vu or even 'riff recognition' like in some of their early efforts. Memorable moments: the song 'Blood of Lions' starts with a slow mid pounding intro moving quickly to fast and then back to mid tempo, this rhythm changes lets the riff cut through the noise wall and sound dirty and fleshy in the context of the track. Extincao em Massa is a killer song. It features special guest Joao Gordo from Brazilian hardcore band Ratos de Porao. The song is very fast and sang with a great sense of urgency and intensity. The lyrics are a bit tongue in cheek. Actually as a critic the whole album is on the the same safe death metal lyrical content. Overall 'The Great Execution' is a fantastic album with catchier songs, bolder song structure (without speed compromise) and greater than its predecessor in song writing diversity and rhythm. Highly recommend it for death metal fans or trash metal dudes that want to expand their horizons.


Unfold
Unfold
Price: £11.18

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Angra, 26 Nov 2013
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I am relatively new to enjoying bands like Angra or Almah. Being used to thrash and death bands I am much more excited to listen to bands that are brutal and have a melodic edge to their sound (not the other way around). I've just got the new album yesterday and have being listening to it since then and discovering a lot of different sound qualities and nuances to it. The tracks mixes a 'In Flames' type of groove -that are constantly refreshed by different guitar transitions- to Edu Falaschi power vocals . Most of the guitar solos on Unfold are amazing, sometimes a bit too 'in virtuoso' for the context of the songs (in my view at least), but inspiring nonetheless.

The tracks I like the most are: 'Cannibals in Suits' with a slow tempo, strong build up and super cool guitar fills, 'The Hostage' has an insanely contagious vocal and rhythm, 'Raise the Sun' is mega catchy and brings to mind,...er, Almah's best qualities having a confident vocal in Edu Falaschi and a cutting melody harmony between keyboard and guitar.

Unfold is a heavy album sometimes bringing to mind 'Black Label Society' sludgeness mixed with Angra's multi- layered sophistication. Top compositions, great songs. I will definitely keep an eye for their tour schedule and next album efforts. I recommend it if you like the bands mentioned above.


At The Gates Of Sethu [Limited Digi]
At The Gates Of Sethu [Limited Digi]
Price: £7.84

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great riffs // Refreshed sound, 2 July 2012
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I got the album today and listened to it multiple times. Being a Nile fan for 10 years this album is another heavy addition on their impeccable discography. The album has a cleaner/clearer feeling to it (mix?) with more identifiable vocals and riffs. Ah the riffs....The riffs are just beyond brutality. With a clearer sound one can identify and feast upon the dissonant guitars and their unstoppable change of pace. Songs like 'Supreme Humanism of Megalomania' are another great example of compressed denseness - great lead guitar.

Once again I really enjoyed and appreciated the CD booklet and the nice attention to detail. The side text is humorous and witty without sounding pompous (Ethno-musicological cannibalism for example!!). Little details like this plus a very nice interior art work make it worth buying a physical copy/CD rather than just getting the itunes/mp3 version (at least for me!!).

If there is one thing I miss in this album is the atmospheric qualities of albums like 'Black Seeds...', that can bring diversity to the onslaught fast pace rampage of the tracks. But as a different album it succeeds massively. Different and refreshed, maybe this album is a new step for Nile to push what already is an ultra talented band into a new malign sonic mythos!!


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