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Review: Nefesh - Nefesh

Label: Necrotorture
Year released: 2006
Duration: 43:44
Tracks: 4
Genre: Progressive Metal


Review online: April 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

This was another promo I didn't have high hopes for upon reading in their press-sheet that they started off playing Pantera covers. Thankfully, the music present here is a world apart from any 'angry meaty necked-core', with the only real hangover being the occasionally Anselmo-tinged vocal work.

Nefesh play a chugging semi-progressive brand of metal, with ethereal lead guitar work often found echoing melody-filled licks over the mid-tempo rhythmic guitar bounds. There's a good usage of keyboards that wash through adding atmosphere, with eerie guitar-less ambient passages made up of pick-scrapes and floating synth. However, though the songs are all around 10 minutes long, they don't all quite manage to hold your attention as a few of the arrangements leave a little to be desired, becoming a bit too noodle-y for my liking.

Whilst this is good for a demo with a few interesting ideas, there's still a fair amount of room for improvement, especially in the song structuring department. Good, but due to the regular mis-fires, not great.

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