|Review: Persefone - Truth Inside The Shades|
|Truth Inside The Shades|
Label: Adipocere Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Progressive Melodic Death
Review online: September 20, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Truth Inside The Shades
Well, I suppose it was inevitable that somebody would decide to combine the Children Of Bodom school of melodic FinnDeath with the proggier impulses of Dream Theater or Opeth. Persefone are a band from Andorra of all places (that's a real place, go look it up) and they have an interesting sound to say the least. Any band that takes the name of my particular patron Goddess had better be frigging good. But alas, Persefone are not bad, but not really good either.
If you took the basic COB approach and added spacey instrumental passages with some Opeth-style noodling and some iffy clean vocals, you would pretty much have a good idea of what this band sounds like. Persefone are ambitious, and they do play some very cool riffs on here, but like a lot of proggy bands, they can't seem to get their shit together and play a real song. There is a lot of music here, as someone else once said, but no real songs. Some of these tracks are obscenely long, but seemingly just for the sake of it, not for any real reason. And the vocals – ugh. Carlos Lozano plays a mean guitar, he's no Alex Laiho, but not bad by half. But his raspy, characterless screeches are truly awful. With music so texurally rich and complicated, you would think they would want a singer who can match it, but no, they just let this guy barf all over everything.
Persefone are more than competent players, and they write good riffs and leads, if they could just learn to write a good song and get a decent singer, they'd be a prog band with promise. Otherwise they are not much more than a curiousity. And note, if they are trying to equal Opeth, they will have to try way harder – this CD never gave me the urge to drill holes in my skull, which Opeth can do within four minutes flat. Interesting, but not compelling.
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