|Electronica, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore
Metalville Records, Twilight Zone Records
April 30th, 2010
Release length: 46:47
Right off the bat with The Nemesis Construct, there are plenty of influences that are pretty obvious to fans of the Melodic Death Metal genre. The overall sound of the album seems to take great inspiration from Soilwork, and there are plenty of tracks on here that can be compared to the band’s earlier material. “An End to the Age of Man” is a track that has a somewhat slower, chugging pace, but vocally, as well as with the keyboards, the comparison is rather remarkable. Of course, it’s just one of the songs, as “Point Zero” sounds as if the band ripped off Soilwork completely, but with enough of their own signature keyboard Electronica sound to make it different enough to have a unique sound that is better then some of the material that band has released lately. The main difference is that the keyboards and other industrialized sounds of this track, as well as throughout the rest of the effort, have a very strong ring of the band Raunchy, except without the abrupt dramatic musical changes, and is nowhere near as heavy with the Electronica input, being mostly just an additional layer incorporated with the keyboards that nicely amplifies the melody of the album. Outside that, “Alternative Dead End” is among one of the few tracks that could has music that could be traced to an influence from the shortlived Melodic Death/Metalcore act Still Remains, mostly due to the way the vocals are performed, as well as the riffs stemming very close to much of what composed their breakthrough album Of Love and Lunacy. The final mixture in this would be the Metalcore sound of Bleeding Through, which is unmistakable through similarities in how the keyboard is utilized, as the strong Metalcore-sounding tracks like “Nothing to Lose” that bare shades of the group through the way the clean vocals are performed, as well as the vocals taking on a deeper, more traditional Metalcore sound that wraps the similarity up into a tighter bow.
But, even with all this comparisons being so blatently obvious throughout the album, The Nemesis Construct manages to take all of these influences into their material, and create a solid effort that is stronger then these bands have issued. Many of the songs do follow the traditional scream verse, sing chorus set up, but there’s a great mixture between the metal by numbers stereotype that plagues the Melodic Death style anymore, and the Metalcore influence greatly aids in that as the breakdowns utilized here are few, but still strong and flow nicely with the music, not causing an abrupt change in the flow of the album. Each track on here packs an energetic performance by the band, and the vocals have a fantastic range for both the screaming, as well as clean singing section, that make many tracks sound unique to one another, even if the pattern mentioned above is followed, such as “Story of a Psychopath” and “Excite!”, both following the same premise but offering up a dramatically different outcome and experience.
While the start of the album is highly energetic and very infectious to the listener, things start to calm down about half way through the album. When you hit the track “Excite!”, the obvious Soilwork comparisons become increasingly apparent, such as “This Time”. They also don’t really pack the same kind of punch that tracks like “Alternative Dead End” and “Ain End to the Age of Man” carry with them, and often seem a little more simple. “This Time” also relies heavily on the Electronica aspect of the band’s music, and does seem to abruptly jump here and there between the concepts, which really doesn’t aid the band with their use of influences, or even with this song being one that is enjoyable. The guitar solo at the end is also a bit of a let down, being very short, though clealy composed in a manner that nicely fits the music. In this case, the song feels a little drawn out, and should have had more focus on the ending, which feels cut short. It’s at this point the album loses a lot of steam, as the closing to The Nemesis Construct just isn’t all that great at all, much of it feeling the same fate as “This Time”. However, “The Green Mile” has a guitar solo that is spot on and works so nicely, almost reinvorgorating the listener, but only for that short amount of time. This track also brings in some concepts that seem to better fit the Progressive Metal act Evergrey, leaving the listeners to expect vocalist Tom Englund to make an appearance, which is exactly what happened with the song “Dark Side of the Sun”, featuring an Evergrey-ready chorus that included him as a guest vocalist.
With the exception of the not-so-impressive closing tracks to the album, The Nemesis Construct is an impressive amalgamation of sounds made popular through the Melodic Death and Metalcore universes, all coming together into a cluttered mess that brings some fantastic melodic metal for the band’s fourth release. While there isn’t anything all that new for the style, Emergency Gate pull together some of the best ideas from the styles, and make them work to create an intense album that is full of energy and hooks that will keep the listeners crawling back for more. Had the release been cut off after the song “Excite!”, however, this could have been a perfect album that is needed to cast a breath of fresh air in the proper styles, and it does that nicely with those songs, but the latter portion does take a toll on the listener due to the more filler-quality material present. Either way, The Nemesis Construct by Emergency Gate still makes for a powerful release that many Metal fans will willingly embrace.
01. Alternative Dead End – 3:55
02. Nothing to Lose – 3:13
03. Dark Side of the Sun – 3:19
04. Story of a Psychopath – 3:13
05. An End to the Age of Man – 3:30
06. Point Zero – 2:50
07. Excite! – 3:33
08. As My Brides Cries Blood – 3:32
09. This Time – 3:56
10. The Green Mile – 4:14
11. Diary of Nightmares… – 3:23
12. Invain – 3:20
13. World Escape – 4:40
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10