|Review: A Lower Deep - Parable Of The Thorn|
|Parable Of The Thorn|
Year released: 2004
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: October 26, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Parable Of The Thorn
Have you liked the last few Queensryche albums? Me neither, so A Lower Deep do not do much for me. It bugged me for a week where I had seen this name before, until I remembered that this band was on the Metal-Rules compilation CD that came out a while back. And while I do give Evil G credit for genreally knowing what he is talking about, I don't know why he or anyone is getting worked up over this band.
A Lower Deep (rotten name, makes them sound like a Gothic band, which they are not) play a low-key kind of US Metal with the general feel of Queensryche's "Promised Land" or "Hear In The Now Frontier" albums. In other words after Chris and Mike forgot how to write good riffs, and Geoff had begun to resort to over-emotive mumbling to cover for his decaying, once-mighty wail. I'm not saying there are no good things about this CD, and in fact this is miles better than "Tribe" or "Frontier", but this is a continuation of a sound that should never have existed in the first place. ALD employ some enjoyable crunch here and there, and their vocalist is not too bad, even if he does practically live in the echo chamber.
What A Lower Deep do not have is any good songs. Most of their material is simply aimless, wandering listlessly from riff to riff and from random acoustic passages to limp vocal melodies. Not a one of these songs has anything memorable or catchy about it, and the pointless vocal melodies and off-time proggish riffing are frequently genuinely irritating. A listen through this whole CD is an exercise in frustration, as the music simply refuses to go anywhere at all. I won't write ALD off altogether, as there is talent here. But this band will have to get off their asses and decide to be something besides boring if they want to get anywhere with me. I hate to kick the underground, but there it is. For now this band is simply a curiosity at best, and at worst a complete waste of your time.
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