|Review: Loudblast - Planet Pandemonium|
Label: Slalom Music
Year released: 2005
Review online: December 1, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
This long-running (mid-80s) French death metal band disbanded back in 1999 but reunited to offer this new release. Loudblast offer us a rather thrashy, sometimes "melodic" (not in the Gothenburg sense) form of death metal, with vocals that have more in common with melodic death metal, and unfortunately at times more "shitty" styles borrowing from metalcore or even a bit of nu, and other forms of whiny alternative heavy music. That's really too bad because overall the music is quite enjoyable, save again for the occasional nu-ish and metalcore-ish influences that rear their ugly heads. Some of the best songs have some similarity to the sound of such acts as The Chasm and Vader, which pretty much come to save the album. Not a stinker by any means, lots of good songs interrupted by songs of dubious influences. That's a frequent problem with re-formed bands: Often they look for the "in" sound and try to incorporate it into their own. Either that, or they simply like it. Anyway, if you don't mind some good melodic death/thrash polluted with the occasional kiddy stuff, then this might just be for you.
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