|Review: Reckon With One - The Purpose of Existence|
|The Purpose of Existence|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 24, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:The Purpose of Existence
Reckon With One hail from Canada and I had been hearing about them for a while. I found myself either loving or hating this album depending on the day I was listening to it. OK, love and hate may be overstating it, but you get the idea. The music here is a bit hard to describe. For one thing, it's tuned a bit low, a bit too low for my taste in fact. The music is never slow or fast for long periods, the whole album has a very mid-paced beat. It sounds like a mix of heavy and progressive metal, and the lower tuning gives it almost a background melodic death metal feel (but nothing to do with the Gothenberg sound.) It's really something you have to hear for yourself to judge. I don't think I have any other album that sound like this. One thing that stands out is the vocalist, and I'd say he's even the reason why I sometimes like or dislike this album. :) Clean vocals, mixed a bit in the background, and sometimes sounding very melancholic - a little bit too much for my usual mood. :) In fact one could say that a large part of the album has a little doomish feel to it.
Overall the album is pretty good, although nothing really caught my attention even after multiple listens. Only a couple of songs I can say I really liked, "To Die Ourselves" and "Bright Black" The rest of the material pretty much plays without me taking notice - that can be good or bad depending on the circumstances. :) However, this is just one of those album that I think one really has to check out and make up his/her own mind about it, so check out the samples on their web site.
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