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Review: 'neath - The Spiders Sleep
The Spiders Sleep

Label: Obsidian Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 37:22
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: January 27, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
The Spiders Sleep

Rated 2.4/5 (48%) (5 Votes)

To me, Progressive Death Metal is a genre that has to be done perfectly in order to succeed. More often than not, bands that play this style have good ideas but they just don't execute them nearly as well as they should. The result of this is: bands making an extremely average record that could have been a lot better. That's where 'neath comes in. This Australian band plays a style that is very similar to Opeth, Into Eternity and their ilk.

First the good: their debut The Spiders Sleep, comes with five songs that spas over half an hour so you get enough bang for your buck. The vocals - both clean and rough - are good (although the clean vocals are better); nothing great just good. There are hinges of metalcore vocals but they are used to a bare minimum. Keyboards are present and done tastefully and don't overshadow the song, the bass is audible and the drums do the job.

However, there are serious faults with this album: While the riffs are good, when listening to this record I had a feeling I had heard them before. You just get tired of listening to these songs that are begging to explode and for some reason don't. When you think "here comes the guitar solo" the song suddenly slows down; another riff or chorus. There are short guitar leads that are far and few in between and with somewhat long songs, you are anxiously waiting for the song to be over, so there is little replayability factor.

In my opinion a band that plays this style needs to have exceptional guitar playing and 'neath does not have it. Not the guitarist's fault per se because he is good, but the songwriting is sub-par at best. Being their first record. "potential" is the best word I could come up with to describe this band. They have the right ideas but the lack of focus really kills the good parts on the album. Fans of this style of metal might find this more appealing than me.

Track Listing:
  1. When The Birds Lie Dead
  2. The Spiders Sleep
  3. The Silk-Laden Whore
  4. Sordid Grim Lie
  5. Black Identity Crisis
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