|Review: Excrecor - Synchronicity|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 7, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
This album attempts to combine death metal with power metal tendencies. Are Excrecor successful in doing so? I would say moderately, but there is certainly room for improvement. The music here is pleasant enough, but lacks an edge to make it stand out from the pack. It also could use added depth, as the four songs on this EP don't really satisfy. While fans of those two genres might find something to like here, the work as a whole isn't explosive.
The problem is that the band doesn't distinctively enough display death metal, for example, to the point where they'll really catch the attention of big fans of the genre. Instead, they add some relatively uninteresting death growls and fast time signatures, but don't have the intensity of the death metal genre altogether. The music, while it flows reasonably well, doesn't have enough of a powerful impact to catch the listener's attention. Adding keyboards and a cheerful vibe also relates the band to power metal and makes them catchy, but that aspect of the release seems to be diluted by the overall effect. In short, the band performs their part reasonably well, but don't do it with enough conviction.
The songs here are enjoyable enough, particularly the closing track "The Siren", which features some keyboards at its beginning and end. There isn't anything that grabs you and makes you want to be riveted to your chair, however. Synchronicity might please fans looking for death metal that has a different atmosphere, but it won't be a disc that gets repeated listens because it doesn't create a convincing enough experience.
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