3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great sound but lacks maturity, diversity to be really superb.,
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Based on what I heard from the 30 second clips on the site, I was expecting to really like this album. And, to be fair, I did end up enjoying the album after giving it a couple weeks to grow on me. However, while the sound they've put together is quite interesting - kind of a cross between Linkin Park (sans the rap elements) meets Porcupine Tree with a mishmash of nu-metal influences, including quite a bit of the screaming type of vocals prevalent in many nu-metal albums - they tend to take some great ideas and grind on them until they get a bit tedious at times. There is a bit of complexity and nuance after you've given the album 4-5 spins that's not readily apparent, so once you "get over the hump", the album goes from being a 3 star to a 4 star effort, but still lacks a few things keeping it out of 5 star territory.
If they had taken some of the ideas and expanded and varied them a bit to add some diversity, perhaps a change of pace or tempo here and there or really anything to mix things up, it might have made all the difference in the world because what we got was some great ideas, but much of it didn't stray far from home base and it can be difficult to get through if you're actively listening to the album unless you're just really in that specific space at the time.
I think with a little maturity (musically only, the lyrics were already quite good) this group could put out some really great music because I really do enjoy their sound, even if at times it can get a bit repetitive. It should also be noted that while I tolerate screaming and death metal growls on albums, and in some cases actually enjoy it if used sparsely (Threshold's "Dead Reckoning", Cynic's "Traced in Air") there's a lot of the screaming vocals here which might have colored my opinion a bit. Still, all in all, I love the sound and it's quality music and would recommend to anyone who's a fan of progressive-ish sounding nu-metal.