I’m afraid I’ve been quite mean in today’s reviews. Maybe I’ve been overly fussy. But that’s what you should expect from a reviewer, isn’t it?
Anyhow, today we covered the drab DSBM of L.A.C.K., Sunpocrisy’s good, dreamy and ethereal post-rock/metal, the weird microtonal black metal of Melopœia and finally the multi-influenced rockers Storm The Sky.
In the case my rudeness has offended you, please, report that to your moms. Cheers!
L.A.C.K. – THE FRAGILE (Soundtrack for the tormented) (Italy, 2016)
Acheron’s L.A.C.K. first opus is nothing but a mediocre yet full of clichés Depressive infused Black Metal record. The Fragile goes by smoothly but it never gives the impression of seriously leaving something behind. Read: the listener would probably won’t remember anything truly remarkable out of it. That’s too bad ‘cause painfully moving the listener’s soul should be the cornerstone of a DSBM act.
Sunpocrisy – Eyegasm, Hallelujah! (Italy, 2015)
I guess that “refined” would be the best adjective to describe Sunpocrisy’s second effort.
The band from Brescia, Italy, released this long collection of songs that walks amongst post-rock, prog-metal and post-hardcore.
Eyegasm, Hallelujah! has a powerful soul well entrenched in an ethereal, dreamy and spacey outfit. When the clean vocals don’t really impress, the screaming ones are definitely top-notch.
However, what gives this album a push are the lovely phrasings and the sonic landscapes described by the guitars. The drum work is outstanding as well, though.
A nice formula, that with some fine-tuning could bring this Italian band in a serious ass-kicking position.
Melopœia – Tolkien’s Ainulindalë (Canada, 2016)
Although I understand Melopœia’s work has probably required a fuckton of work compostion-wise, I must admit it wasn’t anywhere near the middle of the album when I got the head ache.
Tolkien’s Ainulindalë is a very weird Tolkien’s Silmarillion inspired concept album, that can be vaguely described as a synth based cacophonic (microtonal) black metal with many, many orchestral elements. Undoubtedly the overly edgy production contributed to give that feel of boredom -and pain- after a few minutes of playing.
After all, I can’t feel to say this album is deliberately bad. The basic idea is good, but it should have been developed way better. That being said I’d wrap it up with an Italian common saying, which I don’t know how to properly translate in English. So, you’re gonna learn some Italian here:
“Questo disco è talmente noioso che fa il doppio giro e diventa quasi interessante”.
Storm The Sky – Sin Will Find You (Australia, 2016)
This young Australian act offers a modern-sounding, hardcore influenced rock record adorned with elements loaned from electronic and EDM music. Storm the Sky, in fact, would have what it takes to make it amongst the crowd of other bands, and probably they do. However, they still have to develop their own formula a bit. It is surely more than original, but on the other hand it fails several times when it comes to moving and hitting the right spot in one listener’s spirit.
That being said the work that has been done is impressive, and the original cocktail of several styles goes along pretty nicely as you can hear in Wake Up Sleeping and my favourite Lilac.