|Review: Logar's Diary - At the Crossroads|
|At the Crossroads|
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 14, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:At the Crossroads
Logar's Diary have to rank as one of the nerdiest bands there is, as not only are all their lyrics based on a tabletop role-playing game, but they are based on Earthdawn. And the only thing nerdier than basing your music on an RPG is basing it on a game nobody even played. This band has been laboring over their "trilogy" of albums since 2001, and I was pretty sure they had ceased to exist by now, but no. Here we have their third album, At the Crossroads.
Now, the music here is competently played and professionally produced – much more so than I would have expected – but it is conventional in the extreme. Some of the guitar playing is actually quite nice, and the arrangements are at least coherent. Vocalist Hagen Hirschmann is not a high point of this disc, as he keeps pushing his voice to sound tough, and instead just comes across as strained. When he just sings he sounds good, and I suspect he could sound much better if he stopped trying so hard to sound harsher.
There's nothing especially bad about this, but there's nothing good either. The vocal lines are dull, and none of the songs will stick with you after the album is over. The only thing you can say about this album is that it exists, and that's far from an endorsement.
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