Par kluseba le 1 Février 2020 à 23:57
In theory, Lovebites should be right up my alley. The band plays ferocious power metal with tight riffs, ecstatic solos, unchained drum patterns and percussive elements, bumblebee bass tones and powerful melodic vocals. The group hails from Japan where numerous outstanding power metal bands such as Galneryus hail from. As if that weren't enough, the five ladies in the band have excellent chemistry, stylish looks and charismatic stage presence. I had obviously checked the quintet out before but didn't quite get into its music yet. Electric Pentagram seemed like a welcome occasion to give the band another shot.
Things start promisingly with relentless opener ''Thunder Vengeance'' with pitiless drum patterns, fast riffs, hysterical vocals and some melodic keyboard sounds in the background to make these five and a half minutes at least a little bit easier to digest. ''Holy War'' chooses a more epic approach with melodic guitar play and massive keyboard influences that make for a cinematic experience. ''Golden Destination'' opts for uplifting melodic power metal with galloping rhythm section and a chaotic combination of guitar and keyboard sounds.
All these songs sound great on their own but the problem is that the sheer number of twelve songs with a running time of seventy-one minutes is too much to digest. The relentless speed is nerve-firing, the incessant combination of guitar solos and keyboard patterns is headache-inducing and the constantly enthusiastic vocals end up sounding exhausting. The song writing ends up sounding repetitive, predictable and overwhelming. There is no ballad to slow things down, no instrumental tune to introduce a change or any foray into other genres to add some diversity.
One has to admire that these five ladies have so much power and go all in with their relentless power metal rampage. However, it's almost impossible to digest seventy-one minutes in a row of this type of music. Less would have been so much more in this case. Listening to one song at a time might be the best option here if you don't want to feel as if you were hit headfirst by a high speed train. If these ladies slowed things down from time to time, their incredible talent would shine much brighter. As it turns out, Electric Pentagram sounds more relentless than hardcore thrash metal of the nastiest kind. If you like bands like DragonForce, you should certainly check this out.
Final rating: 67%
Par kluseba le 1 Février 2020 à 23:29
Only one year after its last full length release Irrlichter, German gothic metal veterans Ewigheim release an extended play with three new tracks and one of their classics covered by genre colleagues Untoten. The four tracks clock in at twenty-six minutes and follow the calm style of the predecessor. This album focuses on smooth vocals that sound intriguingly comforting only to bring you down with most sinister lyrics. The rhythm section is slow and thunderous as it evokes doom metal stylistics. The guitar play shifts and changes carefully and crafts haunting melodies. Needless to say that this release focuses on gloomy atmosphere over technical skills.
The first three tracks actually tell the story of a child whose life turns desperate and suicidal. Opener ''Ganz für Dich'' offers plodding doom metal with gothic metal vibes clocking in at eight and a half minutes. The track immediately transmits a longing and desperate atmosphere that sets the tone for the entire release. ''Ende'' is easily the most accessible tune as it features engaging mid-tempo rhythms and haunting background vocals supporting a rather catchy chorus. ''Untergang'' finally goes back to the gloomy style of the opener but surprises with a grim nihilistic spoken word conclusion that is guaranteed to send shivers down the spine.
While the new material should please anyone who liked the band's predecessor, the concluding song by Untoten is a rather unnecessary gimmick. It has slow sinister atmosphere, melancholic melodies and dragging pace but never comes close to the more consistent, focused and haunting original tune. Still, it's great to see that Ewigheim continues to be given credit by genre colleagues.
Fans of depressive gothic metal and atmospheric doom metal should give Ewigheim's Weltuntergang a few spins. It's an acquired taste for sure but a fitting soundtrack to cold winter days. Since the record's concept is quite intriguing, you will certainly appreciate the album even more if you speak German and understand the nihilistic lyrics.
Final rating: 68%
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