At least I assume it's English. The titles are in English.
These happy fellows have been recording and touring for going on two decades, so by now they should have all of this figured out right? This quintet is interesting to me as they have a keyboard player. This is probably a more and more common occurrence these days, but it's just not familiar to me. Metal website fave, Alexi Laiho, sings and plays guitar here as well.
It some ways they're a normal death metal band and in some ways they've got some nice differences. Are they reinventing the wheel though?
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The rhythm guitars leave a little bit to be desired. A bit more power out of them would have been nice. They built the wall of metal, which is cool, but some more creativity would have gone a long way in making the songs more distinctive and unique.
The lead guitars were strangely and genre-defyingly melodic. These were not the over the top burning leads that we are accustomed to in extreme metal, but they worked very, very well. There are no complaints about the melody lines here at all, even the keyboard player got to do some leads which added a very nice ethereal aspect to the tracks.
The drumming was powerful, but somewhat sparse on this album. The snare drum could be heard like the heartbeat in "The Tell Tale Heart," but the upfront blast beats and double bass drumming were missing. It's hard to be truly extreme metal when the bass drums aren't really blasting away, but they did hold the songs together nicely. Part of me feels that this may have well been a problem in mixing moreso than a problem with the drumming though....
All in all this is a quality record. It's not the best death metal in the world, but it's certainly worth checking out.
1) Waste of Skin
2) Halo of Blood
3) Scream for Silence
5) Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6) The Days Are Numbered
7) Dead Man's Hand On You
8) Damaged Beyond Repair
9) All Twisted
10) One Bottle and a Knee Deep