"Perfection in emotions, lyrics, music, musicianship and production": A review of M.H.X's Chronicles "Infinite Ocean"
Dear readers of my blog!
I barely have the words to describe the greatness of this album. Without any futher ado, here is my review of the most credible candidate for my favourite album of the year 2015 and one of the very best albums I've listened to in my life. Please support the band and buy this record!
M.H.X’s Chronicles is an epic and progressive melodic death metal quartet from Sao Paulo, Brazil. It started as a project by guitarist and vocalist Murillo Henrique Xavier who recorded the first EP “The Preface” on his own. This first respectable release from 2013 is available as free download but wasn’t released properly. A little bit less than two years later, the project is back as a band with its first full length record “Infinite Ocean”, including ten songs with a running time of fifty-six minutes. The title and cover artwork represent the album’s atmosphere very well. The ten tracks have a yearning and exotic tone. The imagery of a vast ocean offering countless possibilities to navigate through the seven seas as a symbol for life is the clear guiding line of this album. This balanced album leads us through heavy tempests and wild waters but it also shows us the beautiful sunshine after the rain and the calm after the storm. While this release isn't comparable to anything else, it still reminds me of many different bands I adore at the same time. Imagine a creative mixture of Amorphis, Dream Theater and In Flames and you might come closest to what this band sounds like.
Just as our real lives, this record is filled with authentic emotions, endless creativity and exciting changes. Dark and heavy riffs from the death metal sector meet harmonious and melodic guitar solos with a modern twist that should appeal both to traditional heavy metal fans and metalcore enthusiasts. Fast blast beat attacks meet slower and more hypnotizing drum beats and even tribal drum sounds at a certain point. Angrily pumping bass guitars are opposed to calm bass licks. Energizing and passionate melodic death metal growls meet melancholic clean vocal passages in several tracks while other songs have extended passages that only focus on the powerful music. This exciting mixture is garnished with dreamy piano melodies that should grab the attention of gothic metal fans, elegant yet decently employed string passages, a clever use of additional symphonic keyboard arrangements, electronic sounds in the epic instrumental sections and songs, appeasing acoustic guitar passages, liberating pipe sounds and even nature sound samples that make you feel as if you were on a ship. The song writing never sounds too technical, overloaded or ambitious despite the elevated degree of diversity. The different tracks are all epic yet lightly liberating and easy to digest. The musicianship is highly emotional, technically skilled yet to the point which is something that only the greatest progressive metal acts manage to achieve. The production is balanced and crystal clear as each instrument and sound has its impressive occasions to shine throughout this masterpiece of an album. Each single song is absolutely great on its own and the flow of the album as a whole is even more impressive. I can’t single out one or even several particular songs. To be fair, I would have to describe each single song in an extremely detailed way. I prefer to let the music speak for itself.
Sometimes, while you are listening to an album, you immediately realize that this is the kind of record that can change your life and that will stay with you for a lifetime. This is a feeling that rarely happens even for somebody like me who has listened to several hundred or even thousand albums so far. M.H.X’ Chronicles’ “Infinite Ocean” immediately gave me this uprising feeling from the first track on and it never let me go until the last second. I have listened to several excellent records this year including the new albums from Portuguese gothic metal institution Moonspell, Bulgarian progressive metal band Pantommind and Israeli progressive folk metal project Subterranean Masquerade to only name a few. This record here is even more than excellent and stands above everything else. It’s incredibly close to perfection. It’s the most credible candidate for the album of the year so far. If you like music, please give this band a chance and listen to this album.
Final rating: 10/10
Please support the band and check out the following links:
Bonus: Download the project's first EP "The Preface" for free:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/tydnladaph8x87j/M.H.X%27s+Chronicles+-+The+Preface+%28EP%29.rar« My selection for the 2015 MLS All-Star Game"Raising another fluffy fist against the system": A review of Helloween's "My God-Given Right" »
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