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Review: Angband - Rising From Apadana
Rising From Apadana

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 36:11
Tracks: 7
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 0.25/5

Review online: December 14, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rising From Apadana

Rated 1.33/5 (26.67%) (12 Votes)

I'm always interested in hearing metal bands from countries such as Iran, so I was quite enthusiastic when I put this one in the CD player.  It didn't take long before I recoiled in horror, and the cat took a nasty look at the speakers and left the room (that's what my cat does in extreme cases of the suck - and it hadn't happen in a long time.)  The first song sounds like a third rate clone of Burnt Offerings-era Iced Earth - the riffs are practically stolen and the vocals sound like Matt Barlow on a bad day.  This wouldn't be so bad if the song (well, songs, since this is just getting started) had any value whatsoever, but just like the rest of the album, this lacks any kind of coherent structure - save for the odd and ephemeral moment.  One would swear that these guys jammed at random, each one in a different city, without hearing each other's work, and then put it all together and sent the result to the pressing plant without listening to it first.  Every time there's a hint/hope of a song or simply a passage sounding good, it gets scrapped within seconds by another abomination.  I don't know how they got signed in the first place (tell me this isn't the result of the popularity of "Global Metal", because this could get really ugly), but there are tons of unsigned bands out there that should have gotten that spot on a label.  Sorry boys, time to regroup and hit the books, you've got work to do.

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