|Review: Aletheian - Dying Vine|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 2005
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: July 14, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Well... I don't have much good to say about this. Every listen has been excruciating (the things I put myself through for you people...), and I've had enough of it, so here's a review. Aletheian play Technical Melodic Death Metal, edging more toward the full blown Death Metal style with a good dose of prog. Technical in the wanker/weirdo style, which I'm sure a good number of people will love or at least like, but I'm not one of them. The talent is obviously there - while I can't point to a song I actually liked, because each one of them turns into cacophony, there are a good number of passages scattered throughout the album that make you forget the "overall suck" for a few seconds at a time. But I can't get past the Dani Filth-meets-melodeath-meets-Queen-choirs type of vocals (often using a vocal styles that has fuck all to do with the music), and the technical progressive parts that cancel just about any good vibes one may get out of this music. These guys get some of their influences from Meshuggah and Dream Theater, which is probably why I can't stand this stuff. Technical for the sake of being technical, forgetting about the concepts of songs and albums. If that's your kind of thing, then this album is for you. As a side note, this re-issue includes a cover of Cynic's "How Could I".
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