|Review: Among the Mortals - Of Ignorance and Dismissal|
|Of Ignorance and Dismissal|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: March 6, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
for:Of Ignorance and Dismissal
This is an interesting album from a Finnish death metal band that claims in their profile that they play melodic death metal. I found this to be far more related to a progressive death metal sound than a melodic one. It has shades of bands like Edge of Sanity or Fates Warning, but really doesn't compare completely to one band in particular.
The song structures are relatively compelling and certainly shift enough to maintain interest. The songwriting found here gives the songs enough structure and momentum to be promising. However, there are still a couple of flaws that prevent this release from ever even approaching being great. Firstly, the vocals have a displeasing sound that is buried amongst the instruments. Secondly, the production is very thin leading the songs to sound less majestic than they could. It all adds up to a sound that shows a lot of potential, but is held back by fundamentals that prevent it from truly taking off. The music is instrumentally fairly sound, but the entire album comes off unpolished as a whole.
The first song, "Beyond Divinity", sets the standard, and it is never really surpassed by any of the other material on Of Ignorance and Dismissal, including the three appropriate instrumental tracks. It's the progressive ideas that are found that add something compelling to their sound and not so much the melodic ones they claim they have. Among the Mortals is a band that shows promise, but will have to correct the sub-par production values and vocals if they want to get better in the future. Improvement is certainly a possibility given that they have a good foundation.
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