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3 1/2 stars,
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Desperate Man's Diaries (Audio CD)
Well...this album is certainly a change from "We are Gathered Here Today," whether that is a good or bad change, I'm not entirely sure. On their last album, Glass casket was amazing at churning out a spastic, grindy, ultra-technical death metal/metalcore hybrid. On this album, Glass Casket have for he most part, dropped metalcore from their sound and are almost a bonafide TECHNICAL DEATH METAL band. Their metalcore roots can still be clearly heard in some songs more than others, but the most noticeable metalcore element is the still present high end shrieking vocals. Which are used a LOT less on this abum in exchange for a full, powerful, throaty death metal growl. A very srtong Necrophagist influence can be heard on this album; especially in the long, technical guitar solos and riffs and sometimes progressive song structures, which are much more traditional death metal than on the last album. Although the beginning of "Too Scared to Live" will have you thinking you purchased a black metal album by accident, that song's an exception; and metalcore chugging is still present in their sound. My overall gripe with "A Desperate Man's Diaries," is that while opting for a more tradtional sound, Glass Casket has taken the intensity of their compostions down a lot, and in turn suffers from the same fate a lot of death metal albums do - most of the songs sound the same. But since the album is so short, it doesn't bother you all too much. Overall, a good, solid record that slightly leans toward the boring side. Enjoyable for fans of Death Metal, Deathcore, and Metalcore alike. As metalcore becomes more technical and death metal influenced, it's interesting to see the potential bands like Glass Casket actually have in them.