|Review: Defecto - Defecto|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: May 12, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Had some trouble getting this one in. First Mike said his firewall said it was malware, then when I went to download it my antivirus said the same thing. The band personally swore it was not, so I downloaded it anyway, only to find the tracks aren't numbered. Might want to look into that guys.
Anyway, this is decent prog metal of a melodic and modern school. The songs are very influenced by bands like Dream Theater and Triosphere - that heavy, slightly groovy style with tight verses and big, open, harmonized choruses. The vocals on here are generally pretty damned good, with guitarist Nicklas Sonne working a clear, strong voice. The band excels at tracking and harmonizing backing vocals, so the big choruses sound spot-on. The performances are solid, with some good leadwork.
If there's a failing, it's that the songwriting doesn't often catch fire. "When Daylight Dies" is the best song here, with some really memorable parts, but the rest of the songwriting is too jazzy, too overloaded and busy to be really catchy. The band also uses some harsh vocals here and there, and those don't work at all, serving no real songwriting purpose aside from calling attention to themselves. This band has promise, though, and they could mature into a good band of this style.
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