The Ultimate Collaboration
We have four new albums, three of which are from bands previously reviewed on the podcast. This week’s show has quite a mix of stuff, but is pretty straightforward. As such, so is this write-up. Just get listening.
The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal (Metal Blade)
Tesseract – Polaris (Kscope)
Crossfaith – Xeno (Razor & Tie)
Of Feather and Bone – Embrace the Wretched Flesh (Good Fight)
The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal
I agree completely with Nick about Black Dahlia Murder. I don’t dislike them, but I feel they just need something a little more to take them to that next level. I can’t rule out that expectations might play a part of my feelings, but I don’t find them memorable or exciting. It’s as though their brand of death metal is a little bit of everything but not enough of anything to make it distinctive. It’s slightly melodic, a little technical, there are decent guitar solos, there’s two vocal styles, and there are some breakdowns. But none of that adds up to anything better than your average death metal. And I have seen them live but I still feel the same about them.
I’ve concluded that I like the Ashe version of Tesseract better than the Dan version. Polaris has hints that it is going to be good, but it never quite gets there.
I was going to ask about Gloryhammer. That’s an album that I will be looking to hear your reviews before I decide whether to buy it or not. Or maybe I should say that I’m looking to hear Brian’s review of it, because if Nick hates it I still might buy it.
Yay! We agree on both points.
Stay tuned for the next episode…..cuz Gloryhammer is getting done this week now. And, yeah, you’ll probably want to take Brian’s word over mine for this round.