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Review: Orbseven - The Linear Divide
The Linear Divide

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 56:01
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: January 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)

Texas' own Anthony is the solitary soldier behind this battle horse called Orbseven. He did though ask for some help for the vocal parts, from O.S, which is perhaps the name of the female vocalist appearing on track #5.

The Linear Divide is a combination of various metal forms and influences. It includes: Death, Black, Industrial, progressive and a bit of ambient too. I had the feeling there was a drum machine due to its rather mechanical sound, and I was right. This is mostly the problem I'm having with this album. Then, my complaint would be regarding the electronics, keys and industrial elements. I would have preferred if they were used less often and kept more in the background. Other than that, The Linear Divide could be considered as a kicking Black Metal release having a slight Death Metal feel. The music often follows a progressive path, especially in the time signatures. Distorted guitar work, fast to moderate paces, raspy/growl vocals, sometimes processed through wicked sound effects and diverse ambiences is the name of the game here. It feels as if Anthony tried to put too much effort in putting all those elements together during the songwriting process. The end product has a bit of an avant-gardist touch too. Those compositions with a cold Black Metal feel are the best moments and they could be heard on a few tracks.

Check out the songs on Myspace first, and then decide if this is really for you.

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