|Review: Thoughts Betrayed - Recollection|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: February 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Thoughts Betrayed is yet another band that mixes a good number of genres - Recollection has a bit of everything from old school Heavy Metal - sometimes flirting with "light Thrash", Power Metal, Progressive as just some bare bones, tame melodic Heavy Metal. The result is quite interesting, taking the listener through a wide spectrum of sound and emotions, from piano interludes, to soothing, quiet melodic parts with some very melodic vocal work, and gradually getting more aggressive - or should I say more metal - with some more powerful, high pitched vocal work (think Power Metal style here), and even cranking things up a bit with thrashier moments with a much harsher, almost growly vocal style that's pretty much the opposite of the aforementioned melodic vocals. Musically there isn't much to complain about, however I found that the high pitched vocals were a little bit annoying, sounding a little "shaky", not unlike what you get from some European bands whose singer is trying to fight his accent (I can't come up with a better comparison. ;)) In a couple of songs, the keyboards do get a high reading on the fruit-o-meter, but at least they don't bury the other instruments. One does get used to it after a few listens, however, and the overall quality - both musical and vocal - pretty much makes up for it. If you're in the mood for something that's overall "mellow", yet metallic, this might just be what you need.
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