|Review: Love History - Anasazi|
Label: The End Records
Year released: 2000
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 6, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
This has to be one of the weirdest album I've heard in a long time. First of all when I saw this arrive I thought it was an error. A metal band called Love History? Odd, to say the least! I put the CD on and just couldn't figure out what this was. The label describes it as Emotional Technical Death Metal, the band's web site refer to atmospheric metal. Damn. Even that doesn't start to describe this Czech band accurately. Six members including one woman, soprano and choir guest vocals, acoustic guitars, synths, jew's harp, bongos... Still following me? Add to this a mix of Death Metal growls, whispers and clean vocals, and the result is a very unique music. Those guys sure can't be accused of being trend followers, as they pretty much define their own genre. Needless to say, with the range of instruments and vocal types used by Love History, their is a lot of variety on this album, lots of tempo changes, electric guitars riffs suddenly leading to acoustic guitars, the whole nine yards. You simply never know what's coming next, the music is entirely unpredictable. Mind boggling!
Other than the growls, I would hesitate to use the term Death Metal in the categorization, as the playing is not nearly "death-like" enough to warrant it, and atmospheric metal might be a closer category. But I'll be damned if I can find the correct categorization. I did not like this on the first few listens, but with time it grew on me and I came to appreciate this undoubtedly original and well-played album. The originality is definitely this band's strong point.
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