|Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore
Poisonfree.com Records, Tribunal Records
Release length: 19:09
Pure and simple, the vocals and lyrics are simply bad. The vocalist sounds more like he should be in some sort of hybrid death metal band then this project. It simply doesn’t suit the music, and the fact that it sounds like he is slurring words here and there doesn’t help either.
“Forever The Enemy” starts off with some rather simplistic sounding guitar riffs in a pattern that will make most non-hardcore fans of this style quickly eject the CD and demand their money back. Aside that, the breakdowns seem to lack any kind of tenoscity, like on “40 Degrees”. The music has it’s moments, and definitely sounds heavy. The band just seriously needs to sit down and work on the music more, as some of it just sounds like it was the first riff that popped into mind. However the track “Reloader” sounds good. But, of course, it’s ruined by the way the vocalist sounds. A cleaner scream would work better then a rhaspy one with this band.
Another positive aspect is some of the melodic elements presented in the guitar work on here. The only track that really stands out with this would be the chorus to the aforementioned “40 Degrees”, and “Pushed Into Ruin” does have it’s moments, primarily in the introduction of the song. but after that it goes back to sounding like pretty much every other song in the style, as well as the vocalist shouting as if a crowd is there, demanding that this supposed crowd “kick it up!” which only makes the song even more lame.
All in all, the release is just another EP of an up and coming band that needs to settle in a new direction. If you’re tired of hearing the same kind of music over and over again, avoid this one. If you want to take your chances, you can probably find this one cheap in the used section.
01. Forever The Enemy – 3:59
02. 40 Degrees – 3:45
03. Reloader – 4:23
04. Cold Play – 2:54
05. Pushed Into Ruin – 4:08
|Overall Score: 2/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.