The changes that these guys have made after their third album is quite remarkable. While I liked them on numero tres, I was concerned for them because they sounded so much like OPETH that it was frightening. This time around they have gone for something more abstract and indescribable. The best I can say is that they have touches of electronics ala RAMMSTEIN. A dash of Progressive comes into play as well and then some.
“The Black Sea” begins with this string picking that sounds kind of ethnic, but can’t exactly put my finger on it and the music adds a bit of noise and harsh guitar riffs along with head banging drumming. The vocals soon appear and they have this electronic distortion to them. There are female harmony vocals used in here as well and the end result is perplexing. Absolutely only open minds will take to this. It’s not bad, but even I had to listen to it a few times to get it.
“Dread It” is kind of cool with this unique guitar working that is full of spiraling, but at the same time it’s groovy. The vocals are dark and sung in a lower key. The drum work is slightly technical, but much easier to swallow than the opener. The shouting on “Don’t Go Any Further” sounds a bit like Alex Krull from ATROCITY during the “Willenskraft” period. It’s dark, loud and filled with aggressive riffing.
Things just get weirder and weirder as the title track goes for the electronic dance rock thing. It moves and grooves, but totally unexpected. Kind of fun to hear while they mix it up with the harsher sounds of Metal in the mix. “Save The Past” has remnants of MOONSPELL from their later work with its rhythmic yet catchy bass and drum section and the vocals are so subdued. This disc truly goes all over the place and is never consistent unlike their first offering. I had to listen to this a few times to really appreciate what they did on here. Many if not most people will be put off by this and that’s ok, but those who dare to venture into this new record should like it if they have the guts to dive into this.
(Online January 5, 2007)