|Review: Dark Design - Prey for the Future|
|Prey for the Future|
Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Year released: 2013
Review online: November 29, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Prey for the Future
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
Dark Design's Prey for the Future is an album full of aggressive, punchy Traditional Heavy Metal with roots in the style of Iron Maiden but with a rougher, less melodic streak. The vocals are a clean shout that project plenty of power despite the occasional flat note here and there. The foundation may borrow heavily from Maiden, like the opening riff on "No Death" or the dexterous bass work throughout "Spice World," but the song structures are definitely quirkier. There are some jarring tempo changes and the vocal lines are not exactly what you've come to expect from bands playing this style, though Dark Design stop short of being truly "progressive."
Prey for the Future is well played and I can honestly say that it doesn't sound exactly like a lot of other stuff out there today. It is also not overly engaging as the songs don't have any big hooks. If a mix of Iron Maiden's classic sound and newer bands like Argus or Pharaoh sounds tempting, give Dark Design a listen, just don't expect any revelations.
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