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Killer Cutting Edge Metal!
on February 3, 2010
Wow, I must say that I am very impressed by this album! This is very refreshing cutting edge stuff that all Nevermore fans like myself should find to their liking. I know Richard Christy is a very highly regarded drummer from his time in Death, Control Denied, and Iced Earth and he proves he is still on top of his game here! However I didn't know he was such a good song writer and in tune with the cutting edge type metal on display here? Especially being better known now for his day job as an on air prankster! Which honestly I have never heard him on air not being a fan of the Stern show personaly.
The music style can best be described as a mix between Nevermore, Communic, Iced Earth, Control Denied, and Death. What I really like about this album is it mixes a lot of extreme cutting edge metal elements with the more melodic and traditional. This is especially great to hear with clean vocals instead of death growls! Of course it takes a certain type of vocalist to pull this off and Ripper Owens was the perfect choice for this as he fits the music extremely well. In fact this just might be the best and most inspired performance I have ever heard from him!
Yet the biggest surprise of the album is the very impressive guitar playing of Jason Suecof! Better known as a producer, Suecof lays down some extremely tight and intricate riffing topped off by tons of absolutely shreding yet tasteful solos! I am talking Jeff Loomis league stuff here and I don't say that lightly. This project was obviously a great way for this guy to get out from behind the mixing board and showcase his talents as one of metals elite guitarists! Who would have known?
Ironically my only minor complaint with the album is the production. Overall it is good yes, but the guitar sound is a bit too high on the treble and mids whist lacking a bit of bottom end. Also the bass guitar is barely even audible? Quite surprising when you consider they have recruited another highly reguarded musician on bass in Steve Digiorgio? Seems like they would want to utilize his skills as an asset as well? Unfortunately his great bass skills can not be heard here.
Overall though this is a great album that will appeal to fans of intelligent cutting edge metal with fresh ideas and top notch musicianship! Hopefully we will here more from these guys in the near future!