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Review: LieVeil - Instigator

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 37:54
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: March 30, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.38/5 (67.5%) (8 Votes)

Bulgaria, as well as some other Eastern European countries, has raised its own profile as a high-potential Metal country over the past 10 years or so. The Metal culture is alive and well in that part of the world at the moment, despite all this drastic decrease of physical music formats over the last millennium.

LieVeil is good proof of the strength and current state of Eastern European underground Metal, and has chosen to perform progressive Death Metal. There's certainly a lot of progressiveness in their songs, with some sudden and unexpected stops and starts and also many technical and somewhat demanding elements. Vocalist Georgi Dimov brings in a faint twist of Black Metal with his more shrieking than growling vocal style, which also adds an entirely new flavor to their modern-sounding, progressive Death Metal approach. Now when I think of his vocals a bit more, he reminds me a bit of Jeff Walker of Carcass at times, which cannot be a bad thing, I guess. Generally speaking, at times there seems to be a bit much going on on this debut album, making it a teeny-weeny hard to follow. Otherwise, there are definitely more pluses than minuses as far as the band's performance is concerned. I am specifically happy to hear a song like "A Point of View" from them, which offers sort of stress-free riffing à la Anvil, differing from the rest of (mean sounding) material pretty drastically.

Instigator is a good opening slab from this Bulgarian act, so I have no other choice but to keep my eye out for their future comings and goings. 

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