|Review: Evade - Beyond The Logical Patterns Of Thought
|Beyond The Logical Patterns Of Thought
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 19, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
The debut from Greek death metal four-piece Evade is a confusing and frustrating journey to pursue.
Overall, the pacing of the album is comparable to Gateways to Annihilation; more of a death grind approach with the occasional full throttle shredfest thrown in for good measure.
As solid as the performances are by the band members, the poor production of the album often leaves the material sounding like a thunderous mess shrouded in a bass driven distortion. The vocals stand out alongside either the drumming or the guitar, which randomly trade-off and become noticeably decipherable from the thudding racket. It makes moments like the bass twang over drum solo sound in The Beginning of the End sound like an outtake.
Lead man Tomas (ex-Exhumation) offers up an all too typical growling vocal performance on top of guitar duties alongside Pashos. Actually, it’s surprising to find that there are two players at work on this record. You’d never know it from simply listening to the material.
The riffing (when you can clearly make it out) sounds similar to Krisiun, but not nearly as fast though.
Any attempt by the drummer known only as “Jim” on the inside cover of the album makes at blasting out more often than not gets drowned underneath the collective noise. Scattered moments of impressiveness aside, the only breaks the guy can seem to get here are in the far from shortage of cymbal crashes.
The whopping 17 minutes that this collection of monotony will take from you consists of four vocalized tracks and three instrumentals, which turn out to be just as predictable as the rest of the songs. Beginning with an echoed guitar tone comparable to Metallica’s Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and One, one or two more layers are added in turn, such as death march drumming and guitar soloing.
The final track and third instrumental Dreamers starts off fast and furious but gives way to tragic sounding violin accompanied by the ‘Tallica style guitar playing mentioned above.
I would love to see this album reissued and remastered with some more (and longer) songs some day as I feel the production and length have not done justice to Evade’s vision and potential.
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