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Review: Misshapen - Transcendence

Label: Independent
Year released: 2019
Duration: 21:45
Tracks: 5
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: February 1, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating


It's been a while since I've bothered listening to melodic death metal but, seeing Misshapen are a local (Ottawa, Canada) band, I went ahead and checked them out. This EP is just over 21 minutes and Misshapen use that time to put us through a rather varied musical array. Their melodic death metal is certainly rooted in the mainstays of the genre, but Misshapen are more on the technical side of the spectrum, making this is little less "catchy" that what one would expect, but potentially more interesting to musicians. They put a lot of emphasis on the melodic aspect of their music, mostly highlighted by quite a bit of clean, melodic vocals (an acquired taste; your mileage may vary) while still remaining heavy enough to keep things on the right side of the fence. Their "non-clean" vocals are kind of hit or miss and they might want to settle on something before they record a full-length album. Interesting, but not really something that I'd personally seek out, though I'll be keeping an eye on them if only for curiosity's sake.

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