And another young, promising band is coming out of Calgary, this one named NEBUCADNEZZER, after the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, responsible for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the world. Now this quartet might not be one of the seven wonders of Metal (interesting idea in itself, though...), but promising they are nevertheless.
Their style is not that easy to pinpoint, not because they are something overtly original overall, but rather because despite technically playing Melodic Death Metal, they do not necessarily adhere to any of the usual schools of Gothenburg or the more modern kind that several American bands play, but comfortably sit between the chairs. They neither operate much in the high speeds that many Swedish bands prefer, while equally shutting out the big chunky grooves of the Americans, but it is mostly Andries Hollander’s voice that is the element that in the end warrants the categorization as Melo Death, while the music always stays highly melodic and keeps variable as well, take the filigree leads and alternating mid- and up-paced sections of opener and title track “Affliction” to see what these young guys are capable of.
“From Tribulation” shows a little more groove than the opener, but the lead guitar still leads the show here, before “Leviathan” stands somewhere between the two. The production is clear and powerful, which is always very nice from a young band like this, so they showcase their compositions just the right way. Three songs are not much to sink your teeth into, but they show promise galore and I would not be surprised, if NEBUCADNEZZER was the next Calgarian band to see the wider spotlight, you can download the EP from their website and I do not see any reason why you shouldn’t do exactly that!
(Online August 18, 2008)