|Review: Killing Gandhi - Cinematic Parallels|
Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2015
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: December 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (4 Votes)
Melodic Death Metal is still breathing and doing well, I see. Of thousands and thousands new melodic, modern-sounding Gothenburg-tinged Death Metal bands, only a few have still managed to impress me. Unfortunately, Danish act Killing Gandhi does not belong in that category.
So, what's the problem with them, you may ask? The foursome can obviously play well and tight and all that – and are surely all advanced musicians, having already gained some musical background in quite a few bands before (Manticora, Wuthering Heights, Evil Masquerade and Illdisposed, just to name these), so there should not be any problem whatsoever with them in the very first place, right? But circulating the same elements that bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Arch Enemy, Carnal Forge, Lamb of God, etc. have previously done, both good and bad, isn't necessarily a path for some grand and easy victories, as it sadly appears to be in Killing Gandhi's case.
The band's concept album, Cinematic Parallels, which is based on a top 11 of Martin Arendal's all-time favorite movies, is full of annoying melo-Death Metal clichés and painful stomach-turners that simply sound so worn out and code orientated that they don't bring anything new on the table to increase the value of the whole melo-Death Metal genre. Besides, Killing Gandhi's modern and partly core-ish musical approach reminds me of the decadence of all kinds of the Gothenburg-oozing melodic Death Metal scene when certain bands started to adopt more commercial sounds to win wider acceptance. That's when I personally lost all my faith towards this particular genre, deciding to stick to some of the originators.
Sorry Killing Gandhi, but I personally have much more love towards albums like Black Earth by Arch Enemy or The Jester Race by In Flames.
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