album for the experienced French musicians after the miniCD of a couple
of years ago. Not much has changed from that time, as the band keep
on dealing with a sort of brutal death metal, rooted on a fast and skillful
drumwork (as shown in "Obscene Messiah"), massive riffs,
sometimes more groovy than the rest (same song), abrupt time changes,
high and low vocals.
The problems reside in the songwriting, still a bit scarce for such
long-time musicians, and the sounds, sometimes not up to the situation
(for instance the horrible tom-toms in "Beyond the Myth").
The strength is, yet it needs to be channelled better; it's dead easy
to be fast and aggressive, you need to be involving, and that's something
that lots of new death metal bands still ain't learned.
There're good solos actually (listen to "Cathedral of Flesh"
for example), and that does increase my disappointment for what might've
been a far better record if the Transalpines had taken more time in
the songwriting process. You can even find a black metal riff in "Scent
of a Burning Angel", which makes me think Act of Gods are going
through an uninspired period, but besides this, this song is one of
the best arranged of the batch, and should be almost wholly followed
as a positive pattern for the future.
Notwithstanding all I said, if you're fans of the band, know that you
also need to buy the vynil version, which includes a track more, "Sorcery",
about which I can't tell you anything of course. As for me, I'll wait
for new material and I'll see if that's only a false move or if the
4 are in a sheer crisis.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/6/04