|Review: Methedras - Katarsis|
Label: Punishment 18 Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: November 12, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
Methedras (the southernmost peak in the Misty Mountains in the Lord of the Rings books) are an Italian band that play what is often called Modern Thrash, which basically translates to rhythm chunking and semi-harsh vocals in an attempt to imitate acts like The Haunted and Shadowfall. That's not to say they're as bad as either band, for they at least inject some decent Bay Area leads into some of the songs and have aggression that doesn't sound too forced. However, they still suffer from the trademark groove riffs, a thudding mid-pace, and underwhelming vocals that can get annoying. The only real noteworthy song is the closer "Nightmare", which introduces a more gothic sound with sharper melodies and some solid female vocals from guest singer Lady Godyva. However, it's really out of place with the rest of the album's lukewarm chugging, and when the best song on your album is the one that doesn't sound like your band, that means you're doing something wrong. Pass.
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