|Review: Suidakra - Command To Charge|
|Command To Charge|
Label: Armageddon Music
Year released: 2005
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: August 21, 2011
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
for:Command To Charge
Suidakra, usually known for being one of the great folk metal bands, did have one album that seriously diverted from that path...and while I'm never against a band ditching an old style and taking up a new one, Command to Charge is pretty lame, stupid and boring.
The predominant style on this album is pretty much your run of the mill Gothenburg melodeath, so stereotypical it will make you want to put a gun to your head and pull the trigger. There is really nothing on here that sounds anything like the band you heard on albums like Emprise to Avalon and Signs for the Fallen, and what you do get is done very poorly. This is an album full of dry, chugging riffs and horrible, horrible vocals – that's really about it. The songwriting style has ditched the light-footed, folksy gallop of the previous albums for a more streamlined, straightforward and stomping manner, and the problem is that this really brings out what Suidakra are bad at. Arkadius is not cut out to sing these kinds of plain and simplistic vocal lines, and he sounds like an extra terrible version of Mikael Stanne, without any real power. He's either bleating in a way that sounds like he has a sore throat, or straining himself with wussy, weak clean vocals that are only average at best, sometimes. Most of the time they're just outright annoying, like scraping a rake on a chalkboard.
The riffs could be OK but the songs are just not that exciting. They're clumsy and tend to take a long time getting anything accomplished, feeling like they've worn out their welcomes after half their length. And there's just nothing catchy about them either. Every once in a while you get an interesting riff, but it's never really played out into a whole good song like the band usually does. Every song just keeps going and going, without really providing any hooks or interesting things to listen to. None of these songs are good but lowlights include the irritating yapping of "The Alliance," the messy and stumbling "C14 Measured by Infinity" and the just plain bad "Second Skin."
This won't be your least favorite thing ever, but there are a million better albums to listen to. They just weren't very inspired on this one; every band has a band album and this was Suidakra's. Mediocrity, thy name is Command to Charge.
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