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Review: God.Fear.None - Envy

Label: Sonic Age Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 42:10
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 5, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

Michel.Feared.This.At.First. The promo sheet had everything to prevent me from putting this in my CD player. Only the fact that this on Sonic Age Records, better known for releasing "traditional" heavy metal, made me give this a try. What can I saw, with a name with periods.between.words and such noted influences as Soilwork (ugh) and Killswitch Engage (triple ugh), two bands I absolutely can't stand, this couldn't possibly be good. Or could it?

Well, once again Sonic Age came through for me. This turns out to be actually a pretty good release. I feared for some metalcore junk at first, but this is actually melodic death metal, albeit with some metalcore-style vocals in a couple of passages. The vocals are actually quite varied - from melodeath-style growls, to the metalcore-ish thing (thankfully not much of that), to a couple of styles of clean vocals that vary from good to annoying. The music is mostly melodic death with a sharp edge to it, inspired by but not quite like the Gothenburg sound - I like the guitars better on this than on most releases in the genre (the ones I've heard anyway - this is a genre I do not cater to much these days.) The breaks into more melodic passages are well orchestrated and borrow more from traditional heavy metal than from melodic death, same goes for several of the guitar solos here. I wouldn't be surprised if this had played a part in the band getting signed to this label. All this makes quite an interesting mix of genres that keeps things interesting from beginning to end. No wankery, no useless sound effects. Just music.

So overall this is a pretty good album, and I must say it's been a while since any melodic death outfit hasn't bored me to tears. These guys actually managed to do something with the genre rather than just copy the bigger names. Not bad at all. Recommended if this is your kind of thing.

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