In a period
where many try to imitate Stratovarius, Him, Korn and Mayhem, someone
excellently matching different styles and knocking boundaries down at
the same time is more than welcome to me. Not that you have to be original
at any cost, but if you choose that path you have to keep in mind that
the trap of 'sounding odd and surprising the listener' might turn to
a double-edged weapon should one be devoid of the necessary tools. Luckily,
this is not the case.
The 4-piece from Verona's suburbs has released a debut work of elevated
conceptual inspiration, which is represented by corresponding outfits
and make-up on the occasion of their live-shows, consisitently with
the four life's elements, the main lyrical theme.
The four-track MCD is opened by "Anger Vs Anger" where
the didjeridoo winds up among the opening guitar riff. The song, first
slow, bursts into Metalcore with battering slapped bass, but the icy
on the cake is the high amount of vocal inserts (aggressive, whispered,
wretched, monophonic, adrenalinic), especially the ones used in an Alice
In Chains-like break. The finalé with enraged groovy parts followed
by faded didjeridoo waves close this stunning composition, destined
to take no fucking prisoners during a live performance.
"Frailties of Generation" shows a more experimental
side of the Italian new sensation through psychedelic guitars, effects
and vocals before the onslaught. There's ample place for dirges, lunatic
vocals and of course the hyper-frustrated ones that cover most of the
throat duties of singer John. Sudden short noises and Funky slapped
bass passages abruptly interrupt the brutality of the harsh song, just
to be sure the auditory's involvement remains all of the time.
There're no fillers and the songs are not short, so it'll take some
time to assimilate one like the frantic and hypnotic "Burning
Trix", within which delayed and whispered sing-songs are fiercely
smashed by Extreme metal momenta. Particularly appreciable the unexpected
spoken word intermezzi and the tight entwinings between drums and bass,
yet what makes this the best of the four tracks is - without fear of
being denied - the central melodic part with delayed vocals and guitars,
giving the impression of listening to the music under water; also Eastern
and jazzy percussions contribute towards rendering this piece special.
As to the fiery rest of the track, the powerful and brilliant recording
sets off the act's Metalcore face.
Almost 8 minutes of Nu-metal, Noise and choked moments constitute the
core of "A Bullet in Your Pride". Saying Slipknot and
Pantera meet Tool and Jane's Addiction is not so distant from the truth;
there's much more but the fineness of the guitar webs along with the
LSD- and mushroom-influenced vocals magnificently deformed by a vocoder
are rare to find in a violent band that besides has nothing to envy
monsters such as Tool or Meshuggah, who all leave a trace in their sound
but are NEVER plagiarized. As if it weren't enough, this subliminal
opus wavers enriched by exacting vocal duties; it is on these occasions
that the beauty of a voice is tested and the vocal modulation shows
all the singer' spectrum and depth and for a band with several melodic
or semi-distorted parts a peculiar person behind the mike can make the
The lyrics about anger, psyco-physical strifes aimed at safeguarding
one's soul's integrity, personal weakness are all linked with the major
topic, life and more precisely, instinct of survival. Apart from the
above-cited bands, this avantgarde Nu-metal/core record is recommended
to fans of American Head Charge, The Dillinger Escape Plan and early
Incubus, too. A platter that needs more listens to be appreciated but
that afterwards, I hope, you will want to prize as I did.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th September 2006