|Review: Lunar Eclipse - Morbid Visions|
Label: Source of Deluge Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: May 27, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Here we have another brand spanking new release courtesy of Source of Deluge Records and German deathsters Lunar Eclipse. When first receiving the CD in the mail, I really wasn't sure what to expect as I wasn't familiar with the band name at all, and I'd certainly not seen the artwork advertised in any mags that I read. However, as soon as the CD settled itself into my tray and began spinning, familiarity reigned supreme – not that I'd actually heard the band before, but I've certainly heard 1,001 bands that they sound pretty damn similar to...
"Fine" I thought to myself, "If they've got the balls to name their album after Sepultura's cult debut, I'll give 'em a whirl". Upon the opening crushing power chords released by my speakers, the first band comparison that came to mind was Gorefest, then a few hints of Bolt Thrower and then a little bit of early Amon Amarth came to the fore. From that, you can probably tell there's not a whole lot of originality here, but some of the riffs did have me tapping along to the double bass on the steering wheel, and mimicking grunts out of the driver's side window to scare passengers in neighbouring vehicles while waiting in traffic queues. The only really original thing is the vocals, which unfortunately I'm not actually that keen on – they sound like a mix between a bad LG Petrov impression and Chris Barnes (if you class that as original), whilst although allowing the occasional lyric to be understood, doesn't sit well with me due to sounding a little amateurish and forced at times.
So, what with this being a 2nd album from a signed band and all, it's neither here nor there for me. A take it or leave it, middle of the road release from a band who judging by this effort alone, sit on their laurels a bit too comfortably, and wear their influences just a bit too proudly on their sleeves. Good enough for what it is, but not particularly recommended.
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