JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 23/6/08
SCAR SYMMETRY / HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE
There are only two things you really need to know about Scar Symmetry, one, they’re Swedish and two, they play Melodic Death Metal, what more do you need?
Ok so, you want a little more, there is sound is similar to Soilwork, In Flames with more of a Symphony X Progressive feel to them, given them a complexity and feel that really does set them apart from the rest, the mix of melodic and growling vocals work really well especially on tracks like “Morphogenesis”, “Artificial Sun Projector” or “Timewave Zero” where the short, musical lead guitar breaks come into their own. All the tracks are as tight as it is possible get, in particular the interplay between, drums, bass and keyborads and when its your 3rd album it doesent come much slicker than this.
If you haven’t come across Scar Symmetry before you have not been listening to my HFM show, so rectify this soon, or just go and buy one of their albums, also listen out for: “Trapezoid”, “Fear Catalyst”, “The Three-Dimensional Shadow” and “Prism & Gate”, a well deserved album of the week.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 57 mins
DAYLIGHT DIES / LOST TO THE LIVING
This is the 3rd album from American Doom Metal band Daylight Dies and continues the good work started by its predecessor’s, musically they are in the same vein as fellow Americans Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum and British band My Dying Bride and for Doom Metal they are quite up tempo with a strong Melodic in content.
All the songs are dark, moody, sombre, melancholy affairs and explore the negative emotions to the full with a haunting quality that for me is hard to resist, I’m not a psychologist but if you’re feeling really down there is nothing like listening to something very dark and moody to help lighten your mood and it probably say’s a lot about my psyche / personality than I realise. The only way to listen to this is to totally immerse yourself and get lost in the splendid darkness of “Cathedral” and “A Subtle Violence”, the simple, evocative beauty of “Woke Up Lost” or “At A Loss”, preferably with headphones to get the full effect, which for me is stunning. I don’t see how anyone can really listen to a song like “A Portrait In White” and not be totally bowled over.
Doom Metal is an acquired taste but trust me, once you get into it, its very addictive but very well worth it and you will find yourself wanting to hear more.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 52 mins + 9 TRACKS
MOTLEY CRUE / SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES
2008 has seen the return of a plethora of Classic Rock bands, Whitesnake, Def Leopard, Judas Priest, Uriah Heep, Journey, Offspring and now Motley Crue, who have returned to their former glory.
So what do MC 2008 sound like, well there are no surprises here, what you do get is prime, Motley Crue sounding almost as good as they did back in the 80’s, when albums like Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood were in style, if you liked the first digital single, which is also the title of the album you will know what to expect. The Crue were at their best when they write the good time party songs that they became know for and this new album is no exception as “Down At The Whisky”, “Girls = Trouble” and “Welcome To The Machine” (and no it’s not a Pink Floyd cover) demonstrate perfectly well, whatever problems the band had have been put aside and all efforts concentrated back into the band and it shows.
If like me, you loved the Crue for what they were you will be well pleased with the results and like all the bands mentioned above, it proves that just because you’re longer in the tooth, doesn’t mean you cant put out really good and viable albums that can keep the fans happy, welcome back guys, you’ve been missed.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 44 mins + 13 ROCKING TRACKS