Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Friday, August 3, 2012

XERATH / I (2009)

A Metal band that attempt to merge "film score style composition with syncopated guitar rhythms." What that translates to is chug-chug riffs with some piano and string interludes scattered throughout. It's not a new idea, Celtic Frost did something similar decades ago, and Sigh are the current masters of it. (I'm not saying Xerath sound like CF or Sigh; they don't.) The orchestral moments are interesting and complementary to the structure but the generic Metal grunts they mask don't offer anything we've not heard a thousand times before.

Songs of Note: Intrenity; Abiogenesis

2½ needs more strings out of 5

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