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The Deathisodes – Inside the Universe of Horror

Posted in CD, Experimental, Metal with tags , , , on 19th October 2013 by izaforestspirit

The Deathisodes
Inside The Universe of Horror
Released 21st June 2013
Melodic Death Metal/ Experimental Metal
Released via UKEM Records

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‘Inside The Universe of Horror’ is the second album from the Portsmouth-based, British melodic death metal artist Alex Loader aka The Deathisodes. It is the follow up to his debut ‘Destructive Patterns of Creation’ which came out last year and features several guest musicians.

First up is Dead Arising featuring guest vocals from Amma Robison (ex-Typheous). Muscially speaking it sounds like a bizarre mixture of Arch Enemy -style death metal, characterised by the growls and some techno-style keyboards. Not the worst of combinations, just not what you would expect from an supposed melodic death metal artist. It soon becomes apparent that the mastermind of the project, Mr. Loader, concentrates on playing either guitar or the drums on each track leaving the vocals and overall structure to the guest musicians. The end result is a complete hotch-potch of styles which varies depending on the song making the album sound very disjointed.

I’m really struggling to even classify this into a specific genre. There’s a mix of everything from: melodeath, metalcore, radio rock, techno, industrial-metal and even hints of power metal. For example, the power metal elements can be found in the guitar intro and the story-telling, Iced Earth -style vocals of Whitechapel Mystery. Then we have tracks like ‘Hellbound‘ with some weird sounding metalcore with industrial/techno-esque keyboards and Fear Factory -style guitar riffs, adding to the overall confusion that begs the question of what the hell was going on in the studio. Luckily there’s also the occasional melodic death metal track, such as Spectral Wasteland, which is easily one of the few highlights on here.

Each track seems to have a “life” of its own, trying desperately to make its mark and stand out in this ridiculous contraption of an album. It seems as though the “band” is going through a serious identity crisis and all the guest musicians do is add to pre-existing chaos. In fact, even the word “album” feels inappropriate here. The term “album” would imply some sense of cohesion and continuity; two things which this release is lacking. This is more like a compilation or soundtrack made up of individual songs by different artists based around a vague concept.

2/5

Iza Raittila

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Crimson Blue – Innocence

Posted in Alternative, CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 25th July 2013 by Pieni

Crimson Blue
“Innocence”
Experimental Nu Metal
Self-released on 8th December 2011

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“Experimental Nu Metal” was the closest to a conventional genre that I’ve come up with. Using the band’s own words, they play “Nu Art Metal” and that basically means that they pick the nu metal basis and entwine it with progressive lines, resulting in odd experiences – hence my choice of calling it “experimental”.

The first track, “Iceland”, is a bit deceiving regarding the energy that’s about to come throughout the rest of the album. Despite being a good song, each instrument leaving its mark, the rhythm is quite melancholic, a ballad of sorts. And so, at the same time, it shows you how out of the ordinary these Russians are – how often does a metal album start with a ballad? Starts and ends, as the final title-track also unfolds at a soft melodic pace.

“L.M.A.”, which stands for “losing my angel”, gives you a clearer picture of what Crimson Blue are about, with a sharp dissonance toning up those modern riffs. Singer Dani Hellstrom’s voice goes a little higher, but fortunately doesn’t reach the soprano peak that puts her in that category. In fact, she only brushes the border of that tone for brief seconds, during the title-track. But given the strength and steadiness of her trained voice, you cannot doubt that she is in the soprano rank. And those keys you listen to are also in her charge, through the means of a keytar.

“Clouds” is quite an indie tune, while “Flax” and “H.U. Lab Experiment I – The 6th Sense” get my vote for best prog tracks in this album. And “Haesitaio” deserves kudos for its fierceness.

“Innocence” is probably a little too avant-garde for the majority of the listeners, but it’s definitely a treat to those who appreciate this kind of musical journeys.

4,5 / 5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino