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Review: Epicurean - A Consequence of Design
A Consequence of Design

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 63:39
Tracks: 11
Genre: Symphonic Metal


Review online: February 11, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

I had read somewhere that this band played "Dark Metal", but I didn't find all that much darkness in A Consequence of Design.  This is a bit like a mix of Power and Melodic Death Metal surrounded by a Symphonic Metal aura.  Lots of keyboards can be heard here, and they do take a lot of aural room, sometimes getting a little too audible for my taste, although from a "symphonic" point of view, it's not that bad - but I'm pretty sure a few passages are bound to make many people's teeth cringe.  The overall vocal style is surprising for such an outfit, pretty close to Melodic Death Metal for the most part - harsh and raspy but more or less decipherable at times.  There is also a cleaner vocal style used here and there, much more melodic - much more "sung" if you will, very much like the common "happy European Power Metal" style.  The guitar work is rather interesting at times; lots of melodic, invigorating parts, but also some more aggressive riffs pop up here and there, and some of the very upbeat solos lift the songs up quite a bit with their sheer speed.

A Consequence of Design is a very busy album - it's fast, sometimes very fast, and one can hardly find much breathing room while listening to this (that's not really a criticism.)  These guitarists sure are throwing a hell of a lot of notes at the listener, and the drums just keep pounding away like there's no tomorrow.  So imagine adding the busy keyboardist to this ensemble. :)  Some songs even manage to throw a little epic feel at us, although overall the album is basically an very speedy symphonic rocker.  Not my cup of tea - ahem I mean tankard of beer - but there's a market out there who can't get enough of this style, and this offering isn't bad at all.

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