|Review: Stale Trust - The Architect|
Year released: 2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 13, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Stale Trust's music is essentially straightforward heavy metal, sometimes tame enough to hover on the boundary of hard rock and heavy metal. Of the five songs presented here, four are slow to mid-paced, while the last one really distinguishes itself by being quite a bit faster that the other ones. It would probably have helped to have another one like that among the first four, because I often found myself pretty much not noticing the other songs - not that they're bad by any means, but they lack some punch and hooks to grab the listener's attention, giving them quite an anonymous, almost empty feeling; each song has its moments, but somehow the ensemble won't come together - this is a bit difficult to explain in writing, I must admit! :) Despite this, when you listen more closely you get treated to some really good guitar work (the leads are quite bewitching at times), and one can sense that there's something underneath this, but it just won't jump at you. I think the homemade recording and production might have hurt the band a little here, and if they re-record this stuff on professional equipment they'll be able to better bring out the life in the compositions. The basic emotion and skills are there, the songwriting is quite decent, and getting this material to take off really seems to be just a matter of production means...
The second song has a passage that sounds (almost) ripped off from Metallica's Ride The Lightning - I can't recall exactly which song (been a while since I listened to that one!) but it's noticeable. Makes for an interesting part. :) Overall, this is a pretty good release with an acceptable sound for an homemade product. However, the band will need to push it to the next level if they really want to get noticed in the world of melodic heavy metal.
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