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Corporate Death Metal
on 31 January 2008
Before you get mad at me, let me say that i'm not dissing this album. I'm saying that it depends on your personal ideals of what Death Metal is and mine are definitly not suited to this.
I originally apporached this with alot of anticipation and excitement (i loved burning bridges). But when i actually heard it something just didn't click. But it had all the formula for melodic death.
Churning guitars? check
Dual harmonies? check
Growling vocals? check
furios double bass drumming? check
I couldn't undertand why i didn't like it. i thought time would help, buyt if anything i got more bored the more times i listened. Then i began to hear that the songs all followed the same formula - thrashy verse-melodic chorus-thrashy verse-melodic chorus-solo-chorus. then i began to get sick of the vocals. Don't get me wrong, Angela has an incrediable growl...but thats it! A growl (i.e. 1). No variation, no pitch changes, on cookie monsters or black shrieks, no half screams or shouts, just pure monotomy (its not me being sexist , i Love Light this City and Undying who both have femaile vocals too, its me being honesty and not falling for aesthetics). While Johan (former vocalist) never had the best voice for extreme metal, at least he added variety. All this a band capable of so much more. Its alomst like following a blueprint or formula to me. Then it hit me... this is corporate death metal!
Death Metal has been simplified, stripped down and made accessable for mass comsumption. Nothing too hard to stomach, nothing challenging or complex and nothing that extreme. Custom made for the popular metal masses or a band simply writing the kind of music they love? i don't know. I do know that, when it comes to Death metal, i want to be challanged. i want something that bends/bleeds my ears, something that shocks or surprises me, something thats hard to get into at first, makes me sit up and listen, something that takes time to appreciate. I find myself reaching for my old Carcass CDs evertime i hear this
I'm not saying this is a bad album. What i'm saying is that how you rate this depends on what side of the line you stand. If you're into easily digestable metal with growling vocals (i.e. Lamb of God, Chimaria, God Forbid) then this is more then likely right up your street and you'll probably get alot of enjoyment out of it. if thats the case then i recommend it. If you are, like me, looking for something more involved, something deeper and complex, something that you can really get your teeth stuck into then i doubt this is it.