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Review: Julie Laughs Nomore - From The Mist Of The Ruins
Julie Laughs Nomore
From The Mist Of The Ruins

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 40:15
Tracks: 8
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 22, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
From The Mist Of The Ruins

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

I had previously heard a few songs from this originally named band and liked it. This new album however almost puts the older material to shame. I'm very picky when it comes to Death Metal, as I'm not a big fan of the genre (and like most others, is loaded with a bunch of crappy bands.) Julie Laughs Nomore plays a brand of relatively brutal Death Metal with a combination of clean vocals and DM growls, in fact the clean vocals are predominant here, and are quite aggressive. Some songs here could probably appeal to people who are not at all into Death Metal.

I've noticed two somewhat surprising things when listening to this album. The title track has a riff that seems strongly inspired by the opening riff on Nightwish's "Come Cover Me". It's not too obvious at first but after verification, I found the resemblance was there. Another thing I noticed is on the sixth song "Eternity is Just one Step Away", the beat strongly reminded me of "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco (1986-87 era song that played so much on TV that I'll never forget the damn song.) Now before screaming "stolen riffs!!!", let me tell you that the effect here is actually pretty cool and that there's enough of JLN's sound in there to say they weren't out of inspiration - far from that. Listen for those sounds when you get this.

What I appreciate the most from JLN's sound is that they're not a typical DM band where you never know when a song has changed. There's a lot of variety on the CD, and I would describe the music has some sort of mix between Death Metal, Thrash and Heavy Metal. So you get treated to a lot of stuff here - from the melodic heavy metal, to the headbanging thrash and to the destructive Death Metal. And this can happen all within one song, so you can imagine the whole album. This band is in no way some copycat like we've been served so often in recent years. The playing is tight, the songwriting is great and the originality is undeniable - they borrowed some ideas here and there but what the hell, it's the result that counts. Catchy, aggressive, entertaining, this is great headbanger material.

Too bad this album is that it's only 40 minutes long. I want more! ;) Definitely one of the best metal releases in 2001.

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