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Review: Symphorce - Become Death
Become Death

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 52:06
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 0.5/5

Review online: November 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating
Become Death

Rated 2.92/5 (58.33%) (12 Votes)

There are some things in this world that you just can't do. George Lucas can't seem to stop revisiting his past glory. Timo Tolkki can't stop fucking up. I can't stop myself from reviewing this album. Symphorce...well, they just can't stop making terrible music. There is really nothing wrong with this style of boring, plodding, groovy nonsense aside from the obvious answer of "it just sounds bad," as is evidenced by the hundreds of weirdos who worship Nevermore, but somehow it just never sounds any good. There aren't always any deeper reasons for disliking music.

In fact, maybe I'm being too harsh on this. Maybe I'm too caught up in my silly bias against this Nevermore style of music, and I'll stand at the gates of Heaven only to find myself denied for the fact that I didn't give this band enough of a chance. Maybe Iced Earth will be there too, pointing at me with stubby fingers and laughing. Maybe I'll be reborn in another life, and maybe there I'll have more tolerance and open-mindedness and appreciation for the beauty in music like...

Okay, fuck it, this is absolutely horrible, the lowest common denominator of total suckage. Symphorce are probably one of the worst bands in the metal scene right now. They used to be a C grade Power Metal band with galloping rhythms and Gamma Ray/Iron Maiden ripoff chorus lines, but now they're a soggy, washed up Nevermore clone. This is the kind of disgusting, puerile shash that metal fans shouldn't ever have to put up with, but do anyway for some reason. There aren't many riffs here, and even then, they're all rehashed modern groove bullshit that doesn't sound good at all. There are some fluffy keys and bouncy electronic synths here, and they don't work well with the greasy guitar tone, mostly just popping up at inappropriate times (the opening to "Ancient Prophecies"...what the fuck was that?) and producing queasiness. The songs are short, unambitious and full of the trendy, modern, pseudo-intellectual/angry/morose posturing that makes metal such a laughingstock in the mainstream. Only "Inside the Cast" offers any relief, being a more upbeat tune with some nice melodies and a singable chorus, but even that isn't too great, just passable. Become Death is just a really dismally unpleasant album, and it actually makes me feel kind of dirty even listening to it. This is an album so bad that it is not even worth illegally downloading. If you have a chance to avoid this one, then by all means, steer clear of this filth and never look back.

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