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DERIVATIVE

Celebrity Sex Scandal

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.45 | 5 ratings

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MJAben
2 stars This album has garnered a great deal of attention among the avant-metal / experimental metal circles and for my part I can't understand why this is.

To me this sounds relatively tame, rather simple and far too safe. In fact, this feels more like 'Dog Fashion Disco' than any new or fresh band. The album doesn't have the technical brilliancy of 'Ephel Duath' or the fully realized sound of 'Unexpect', it feels like a band that is still finding itself which is by no means a bad thing, but it shows in their haphazard use of various styles and sources.

My main issue with the album is with the inconsistency of the songs themselves, Songs like 'Mid-Summers Night Dream' and 'Through the Eyes of Jack Jordon' feel as though they belong on a three or even four star album whereas songs like 'The Ballad of Britney' and 'Billy's Little Baby' are completely repulsive, opting for typical extreme metal with a slight quirky twist rather than coming up with anything fresh.

I don't want to say that the album isn't enjoyable, throughout songs 5-9 I sat there with a dumb smile on my face absolutely enjoying the music and wishing the whole album was this consistently good so that it could get the three or four star rating I feel the band is capable of. As it stands though, this is a spotty and haphazardly created record that leaves the listener disoriented and without any real sense of the band.

2/5 stars

MJAben | 2/5 |

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