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  • This album, for me, is like a “Greatest Hits” of great riffs, solos, melodies, etc from other Melodic DM Albums, which for me, is not a bad thing.

    I heard this band while I was listening to the In Flames (I am a fan of old IF, not this A Sense of Purpose garbage) station on Pandora Internet radio. I heard a song (cant recall which) that sounded good, but had a clean chorus. Im only ok with clean choruses if they are done right, and In Flames, (especially lately, A Sense of Purpose Album) doesnt do them properly.

    Luckily, I did not dismiss this band. I looked into this album, and have since heard it about 5 or 6 times straight thru and the standouts even more.

    One thing is for sure: There is NOTHING new about this band. Its all been done before. Everything, except maybe the 3 vocalists, which I think is a great touch.
    People may claim that they have stolen riffs blatantly from Iron Maiden, but really, what european metal band has NOT used the “Aces High” chorus riff?? Its a great riff!

    Another thing to note is the fact that the main writer played every instrument on this album!! That is nuts and requires a lot of work and knowledge of other instruments. I play the drums, but I cannot imagine how long it would take me to be great on the guitar….

    Btw, this is not Metalcore (thank goodness).

    On to the music:
    Positives

    -Great “musicmanship”
    -Written and performed (on the album)by one man O_O
    - Includes Bjorn from Soilwork!
    -3 Different vocalists with different styles
    - Very Catchy Melodies and Riffs (although not new)
    -Good solos!! (something In Flames and even Dark Tranquillity lack)
    -Reminds me of what I USED to like about In Flames
    -Sounds like a hybrid of In Flames+Soilwork+ even a little modern style Children of Bodom.
    -Some very catchy clean choruses here

    Negatives
    -Nothing new here, We (Melodic Death Metal Fans) have heard it before
    -A few songs are not as strong as the others
    -Some songs sounds very similar (too similar?)

    Standout Tracks of the top of my head (without looking at a track list)
    Resurrection Code
    Celestial Furnace
    Last Breed (lots of “Aces High” chorus riffs here)
    Process of Annihilation

    Enjoy this quality stuff from Italia!

    Posted on December 27, 2009