No. 36

September 01, 2016

Sinsaenum - Echoes of the Tortured (Peccatum) ....

This is possibly one of the oddest collection of musicians to collaborate together for this supergroup called Sinsaenum. Featuring members Frédéric Leclercq (Dragonforce), Sean Zatorsky (Daath), Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast), Heimoth (Seth), and Joey Jordison (Slipknot and Vimic). The band have just released their debut studio album Echoes of the Tortured, a 21 track album of well put together songs with heavy riffs and catchy choruses in the genre of death metal with twists of black metal and progressive metal. The album was mixed in Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, where Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Devin Townsend) put on the finishing touches. The band is fronted by two vocalists in Zatorsky and Csihar who do a great job blending their voices into a style that is fit for this project. Overall I found the album to be pretty straight-forward, nothing really unique. You have songs like "Army of Chaos" that are powerful and catchy that grab your attention, then others like "Spendor and Agony which seem more like filler than anything else. The approach to most of these songs is generally repetitive, some of the breakdowns are moving, and the melodic solos are entertaining.

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Fates Warning - Theories of Flight (InsideOut) ....

Fates Warning return with their twelfth album Theories of Flight. It's almost hard to believe they have been rocking for nearly 30 years. The band delivers another great album in their style of power metal and progresive rock/metal with a slightly modern edge to it this time around that is certainly positive. While normally garnishing comparisons to bands like Dream Theater, I think Fates Warning have transcending that typecast into their own unique mastery of the genre. The seasoned songwriting of guitarist Jim Matheos and recording production are notable highlights of a band at the top of their game. Theories of Flight is a stunning album, possibly the bands best, with the musicians sounding like they are at their peak and vocalist Ray Alder never sounding better. Among my favorite are "The Light and Shade of Things" and "The Ghosts of Home", while "White Flag" and "Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen" stood out among the best this prog masterpiece has to offer.

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Periphery - III : Select Difficulty (Sumerian)

I finally got a chance to review the latest Periphery album and wasn't dispappointed. The band continues to progress with every album and its still hard to predict which direction they may go. Just when you think you have it pegged, they throw in a twist to mix things up and make it more interesting. Its hard to say if this new album is better than their previous albums, I like each of their their albums for different reasons. The new album is catchy and innovative, there are orchestral undertones, but some may find it has less subtle pop influences evident on songs like "Flatline" and the beautiful ballad "Lune". Still all in all the album is brutal and heavy with songs like "Marigold", "Motormouth", and "Remain Indoors" among the notable that will have you rocking out. "Absolomb" was probably my favorite, I love the bassline and the vocals shine through perfectly. Fans of Periphery will enjoy this album and it will have them wanting more in anticipation for P4.

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