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A MURDER OF CROWS

DeadSoul Tribe

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.68 | 102 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars While I am not saying Murder of Crows is bad, listening to it made me imagine what Tool would sound like with its teeth blunted, or Anathema without its rich depth and emotion, or what the instrumentalists of Riverside sound like warming up. Bottom line... this is derivative, bland, pretentious, and only partly effective angst-metal that does what many other bands do better for only a fraction of the payoff.

Here's a run-down of what I found. Band leader Devon Graves' voice is pretty good. He's got a smooth, tender croon that is plesent for the majority of the album. He occasionally cranks it up, sounding a bit gravelly, but is still a bit gut-less; he doesn't have much range, and that hurts the listener's connection with the album, since the instrumental sections don't do much to save it. In short, his voice is the only thing enjoyable and unique here, and it is only partly effective.

Songwriting is passable, with variety thanks to quite a few atmospheric passages, but the song's dynamics have their strings cut by the constant banality of the guitar player's crunching riffing. It gets old almost immediately, monotonously vamping their way through every loud phrase, sounding more bored than aggressive. Solos? Nope. Melodies? Hardly, Devon is busy whining them. With three guitar players(!), we deserve more! Ultimately the listener will be wondering when tracks begin and end, because they all sound the same.

So, in the end I guess I am saying that Murder of Crows IS bad; I convinced myself and hopefully you, too. There is a lot of poetry/passion here... but none of it works, and with so many other interesting bands out there-- what's the point? Go listen to Anathema or Riverside to hear good versions of this band!

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 2 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |

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