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sabato 12 dicembre 2015

Morphing Into Primal - Collateral

#FOR FANS OF: Melodic Death Metal, Planet Rain
The Spanish Melodic Death Metal act offers up album number two here, and it’s quite a decent offering a more modern-day melodic death metal with some very enjoyable elements found within. Basically taking the main route that the almighty chug riff is the dominating factor in here, there’s very little else on display throughout here as the band tends to whip through the material quite easily. With these chugging riffs keeping the material for the most part up-tempo and enjoyable, providing this with some intensity as it rages along at a mostly mid-tempo pace that will occasionally kick up into a minor gallop but for the most part dropping down into a series of swirling rhythms and loud, ringing melodic leads played over the top of the weak, shrieking vocals that manages to constitute the majority of Melodic Death Metal these days. In a nutshell, that along harms the album more than anything else, for its’ certainly decent enough when it lets loose but the vast majority of the running time is spent in slower, overly-familiar areas that aren’t really that original or emphatic enough to really rise this up a whole lot despite the seeming competence on display. It’s really more a factor of the band not really doing much of anything extra impressive throughout here to really differentiate with its rhythms and riff-work, which is the main stumbling factor. For the most part, the songs aren’t that bad. Intro ‘When the Evil Wears Gold’ offers furious razor-wire riffing and frenetic tempos with dexterous drumming along the scorching melodic leads and the more up-tempo rhythms that continue along the jagged solo section that continues on into the dynamic finale that makes for a solid starting point. ‘Karma’ features a simple chugging riff with mid-tempo melodic leads flowing through the slow, stuttering rhythm with simple patterns and low-key moments with the minor solo section bringing more urgent intensity into the charging final half for a decent if not altogether thrilling effort. ‘Until You Can Fly’ goes for a similarly simple chugging riff but offers more dynamic melodic leads as the more intense drumming blasts bring the blazing melodic leads into fine fashion with the more technical riffing flowing throughout the strong solo section into the melodic finale for a pretty strong and enjoyable effort. The overall bland ‘My Demons' Words’ starts with a melodic keyboard riff into a steady mid-tempo charge that keeps the hard-hitting chugging on full-display with a melodic tinge offered here with the straightforward riffing that delves into more fervent melodic realms on the solo section in the final half for an overall disappointing and wholly bland effort. Making up for that last effort, ‘Out of the Blue’ launches forth with swirling rhythms and generally more intense melodic leads with plenty of fine rhythms bouncing along at a fine mid-tempo pace as the varying tempo changes fire away into the scorching melodic solo section with the melodic rhythms carrying through the finale for a decent if unspectacular effort. Instrumental ‘Road 317’ offers a simple acoustic guitar strumming away on a one-note performance throughout for a fine mid-album break before segueing into the vicious ‘Bucle’ features rapid-fire drum-blasts and plenty of frantic razor-wire riffing that allows the rather intense mid-tempo chugging rhythms to take over after swirling and diving through the intense solo section with plenty of bombastic drumming running throughout the blistering tempos of the final half for the album’s best song overall. ‘She...incomplete’ continues with more up-tempo chugging and fine melodic leads that bring forth the intense melodies alongside the urgent chugging rhythms that keeps the second half’s tight pace in line through the solo section with the mid-tempo melodies continuing through the final half, making for a solid effort overall. ‘Inhumano’ charges along at a frantic pace with intense swirling riffing and blasting drumming carrying through an urgent, intense series of rhythms diving along at frantic tempos with frantic melodic rhythms running along the intense solo section as the chugging leads into the frantic finale for another strong effort. Lastly, ‘Throne of Two Lands’ blazes through intense razor-wire riffing and dexterous lead rhythms through utterly frantic tempos scorching with melodic leads with a stuttering drop-off into a simply bland mid-section break that kicks back into the more frantic tempos back into the strong melodic leads of the final half for a great ending note here. It’s really just the one main issue here holding this one back. (Don Anelli)