|Review: Angband - Visions of the Seeker|
|Visions of the Seeker|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
for:Visions of the Seeker
Some albums are just bad. It's not a case of lack of originality or poor mixing. The music just doesn't sound good, and you're left wondering what the record company was thinking. Such is the case with the new album from Iranian metallers Angband. This is traditional metal at its worst. It's not boring music. Frankly, stuff this bad can't be boring, but spellbinding. At times this is hokey, sometimes it's irritating, and sometimes it's poorly played, but it's always compelling. That's how bad (and often stupid) it is. I find it unfathomable that some record exec from the venerable Pure Steel records heard Visions of the Seeker and said "this is what I want to sell. People need to hear this." People's ears should not be poisoned with such heinous noise.
To start things off, Angband really don't know how to write a song. The riffs are terrible and don't flow with each other. The songs are painfully long, and I'm sure are based in the ill-conceived yet popular notion in metal that longer songs are better because they are more complex and thus deserving of accolades. I realize the songs are almost all in the five-minute range, but they feel like they're all nine or more. They drag on without any flow or cohesion, trying to ape the lost passion and grandness of the 80s. It's something that Angband never attain, executed in often unintentionally funny fashion.
Let's talk about the vocals of Ashkan Yazdani. Wow. They really are breathtaking. Yazdani isn't necessarily off key or exhibiting a limited range. However, he sounds like a middle schooler doing an immature and offensive imitation of an MR patient. I guess Yazdani didn't get the memo, but these are -- for the most part -- not good noises for the lead singer of a heavy metal band. It's just distracting. Even if there were good instrumentation on this album (and there never really is), the perplexingly insufferable vocals steal attention from anything remotely worthwhile going on in the background. I won't even get into how much of a laughable failure the ballad "Forsaken Dreams" is. Angband try to show their softer, vulnerable side, but no listener will be able to sympathize with a voice that is impossible to take seriously.
Some bands should go back the drawing board. Angband should just shut up.
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