Album Reviews

Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction

The third in a four-part series may well be his most successful release yet. The album touches on every aspect that Townsend has used in the past, drawing its sound from a mix of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DTP, OCEAN MACHINE and his more cohesive and melodic solo stuff…

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Scarred By Beauty – Sutra

Where this album succeeds is in the fact that the band doesn’t rest on the laurels of their peers and certainly don’t worry about sticking within the trappings of the genre. This is progressive metalcore with some standard modern metal influences and enough interesting elements to constantly amaze and excite…

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Acyl – The Angel’s Sin

How about an English speaking metal band from France that mix modern metal, groove metal and progressive metal with Ethnic influences and North African instruments. As if that’s not weird enough on its own, in an odd twist this E.P actually came out sounding pretty bloody good…

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Devastating Enemy – The Fallen Prophet

Right from the beginning of the first track this album cooks, and it doesn’t let up until the very end of the last track. There is a couple of slower and moody interludes here and there, but for the most part this album THE FALLEN PROPHET stays in high gear all the way through…

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Gravity – Syndrome

Metalcore music can be quite repetitive and bland most of the time and is a genre that has really stagnated quickly, but these guys decided to take the sound in a new direction by adding a female operatic-style singer, like a voice you would usually associate with symphonic power metal or operatic gothic metal…

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Mephistosystem – Construction Site

the band play a style of industrial metal that also draws influence from alternative rock music which creates a sound that is very similar to NINE INCH NAILS, but also has some slight leanings towards bands like TOOL and even MARYLIN MANSON. Ten years ago or so, this album may well have had a chance of some global appeal, but the fact is that most of the world has sort of moved past this kind of music now and onto other things…

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Hatetrend – Violated

When the band hit the groove, the album kicks some real ass and would have even the most persistent mosher feel the need to jump back in the pit, but when the band try and add some slow passages or melodic choruses it all falls down a little bit and the cracks begin to show…

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Intervention – Growing Line Of Caskets

The three tracks available here are all excellent and show that the band are gearing up toward something pretty special in the future. Probably the main difference I noticed on this new demo was that the death metal elements that were hinted at on the previous demo are a bit more dominant here…