Redemption – The Reckoning
Thanks to the band's manager, Mike, for the CD.
This is a three track EP clocking in at 13'50”.
- The Reckoning. Overall this sounds like
beefed up classic rock, or the very melodic end of extreme
metal. Vocals flit from extreme metal growling to cleaner
sections. Strange choice of song to a) lead off the CD; and
b) be the title track. The composition's fine, it's just that
the band seem as if they are going through the motions –
there's a distinct lack of energy or drive. This one needs
far more aggression. Ends well though – after a short
bass workout, the guitar solo and increased tempo finish this
one off strongly.
- Malicious. Suitable title! Far better
track. Malevolent opening riff, chorus contains another cracker.
Heaviness is delivered in a completely different manner –
this one's chuggy and brooding. Great song.
- I Am The Voiceless. Starts out with a
melodic death metal feel, opening scream is superb. The track
then gets progressively more melodic. Faster sections sound
fine, the slower sections really drag. Again ends strongly
with a good, lengthy, guitar solo, which is followed by a
section that reminded me of early Mercyful Fate.
As a huge fan of King Diamond and co, I wished this
had gone on longer!
They are a young five piece band founded by the
drummer around a year ago – this shows promise for a band
that have been together for such a short period of time, especially
as they have had more than a few line up changes. Getting the
negatives out of the way first, my main concern regards the production,
which makes the band sound flat. Could just be a mastering issue
as it's mixed well enough. I think the running order's not right
– I'd have started with “Malicious”,
then “I Am The Voiceless”, and finished with
“The Reckoning”, basically because I rate
the tracks in that order. Clean vocal sections don't work for
me at all either – but then again they very rarely do with
a lot of bands. Ending with the positives it's clear that the
band can play, and in time they have the potential to mature and
create more intricate songs – no question there. I would
imagine they are a completely different proposition live with
the different dynamics that live performances always bring. To
conclude there is clear promise, but this needs more than a slight
tweak – I wish them all the best with their future endeavours.