Deep breath…okay…now, stay positive, stay positive…okay, go!
FRONTSIDE has tons of energy. They have an original guitar sound. They have concise riffs and drums…when they manage to stick to originality. They aren’t afraid to experiment within their sound. The press kit for the new album, with a ridiculously long winded title of “Twilight Of The Gods: A First Step To The Mental Revolution,” reads, “FRONTSIDE is Europe’s answer to bands like BLEEDING THROUGH and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE!”
There’s the problem; Metalcore, in an otherwise foolproof Death Metal formula. The Metalcore influence is rarely audible in the riffs and music, the influence is in the vocals. FRONTSIDE have gained critical acclaim from Nergal of BEHEMOTH, Martin of DECAPITATED, and the Polish equivalent of the Grammys. The critical acclaim must end, or at least decrease, with the abominable vocal styles and out-of-place instrumental areas on the mis-step that is “Twilight Of The Gods.”
It is one thing to experiment within a genre. It’s a great thing, in fact. But to forcefully inject cleanly sung choruses and clean guitar parts where they obviously do not mesh, fit, or belong is a terrible choice by FRONTSIDE. Not to mention the “go-go-go-go-go” part or the many other ridiculous vocal parts found on the album.
Some Metal fans will enjoy this album. There are some great solos and the last few songs aren’t too bad. However, I’d advise non die-hard fans of FRONTSIDE to either a) listen to their cited influences, or b) find something different altogether. When you’re emulating bands that aren’t overly ground-breaking in the first place, and somehow writing a worse quality product, the result can never be great.
(Online November 22, 2006)