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Review: Arte Sacra - Formula
Arte Sacra

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 47:27
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: July 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)

I've been listening to this album for a while, more so in the past few days so I could get to the review, and I always have a bit of a feeling of emptiness after I've listened to it.  Formula is basically Technical/Progressive Death Metal (on the very light side, I must say) with a few hints of Black Metal popping up here and there.  Overall the album comes off as monotonous, even though it does have its moments, it feels like it's twice as long as it actually is, and you'd swear it's just the same riff repeated over and over - even though it's not.  Weird.  Most songs sound a lot alike, although there are a few that stand out with a little bit of variety, breaking the repetitious feel of the other ones.  The vocals - somewhat shrieky growls -  suffer from the same problem, and it often sounds like the vocalist had barely healed from a laryngitis before recording.  Keyboards are used as a background instrument and do add a little bit of atmosphere that help the songs a little.  There's good playing going on here, very good even, so it's not like these guys can't play, but the songs just never lift off - some work to be done there if they want to get noticed. Uninspiring...

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