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Review: Atra Hora - Metahom
Atra Hora

Label: Darknagar Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 34:14
Tracks: 7
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: May 16, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

As the follow-up to 2012's rather disjointed Via Combusta, we have an EP intended to keep the band's name active. This is scanty, with just three new songs and then a mess of covers and a remix, but the new stuff shows definite improvement in many respects.

For one, Atra Hora have really begun to dig down and integrate the middle-eastern sounds with their riff-writing and overall song structures, creating a much more interesting and individual sound. The combination of the melodic riffs and the Mideast scaling with the death vocals works well to make for something that sounds different and exciting. The songs have more energy this time as well, avoiding the staid 4/4 march of a lot of the last disc. Here and there the band adds in some genuine clean singing, which is not well done and should be avoided next time.

The covers are terrible, with one sounding like a techno song, and they completely butcher Dead Can Dance's "The Cardinal Sin" with industrial-sounding riffs and awful vocals. Overall I would have to say the covers and remixes show this band going in some kind of hideous electronic/industrial direction, which is unfortunate, as they have talent they should not waste.

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