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The Pax Cecilia


Experimental/Post Metal

3.57 | 6 ratings

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3 stars The other side of the Pax Cecilia...

This album wasn't added until a couple months after their addition to the PA, therefore very few people here including the owners of Blessed are the bonds even know of this albums existence. This is a shame cause it really is a great, brutal album, with influences that you are in blessed, but are a little more smoothly, and aren't controlling the songs. I'd venture to say that I like this album better.

With so many influences the Pax cecilia takes on, there is one that dominates this album, HARDCORE. I love this genre of metal, it's abrasive, it's technical, and it's got an emotional edge, sadly I can only listen to a little at a time before needing to turn on some sigur ros or something before my head explodes. Nouveau manages to somewhat balances the sheer brutality and the softer more brutal parts though, leaving you with a somewhat more functional album, and if you read my blessed review, you know that's a big deal to me. Most of the time the album fluctuates between really soft post rock arpeggios, with barely hummed words, and brutal twin guitar lead lines, and an extremely agitated scream, very little in between. This brings up some pros's and cons. Con, lack of diversity, though there are some nice piano jams in the instrumental sections, there really is very little outside the hardcore shell. Pro, keeps you on edge, and is very satisfying when you want some down to earth brutal music. One other not so good thing is that there is an extreme lack in clean vocals, which is a shame, cause his voice was so good in in the next album, but don't get me wrong there is some cleanness.

Along with all of this, there is a lack of experimental instrumentation that they will acquire in the next album, but strangely enough, I don't miss them... Last, the recording quality is a little below par, the vocals are a little under mixed, and the snare is a little over muffled. Aside from all of these a very solid album, three and a half stars.

Dim | 3/5 |


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