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THE HINDERERS

Daath

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.74 | 7 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars The Hinderers is the second full-length studio album by American ( Atlanta) extreme metal act Daath. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in 2007.

The music is riff based heavy metal/ death metal with processed growling vocals. Iīm reminded of a mix between Chimaira when the music is at its most crushingly heavy and Dark Tranquillity when the use of keyboards give the music a semi progressive sound. There are also some industrial influences in the music. The music on The Hinderers is a slight improvement over the music on the debut Futility (2004) which I found weak and generic ( this could be caused by the much better production though). The musicianship is excellent on the album but I still think the music is rather generic and simple. So overall I find the album very mediocre. None of the tracks stand out as being above average for the genre but on the other hand none are below standard either, so thatīs always something. Progressive elements? Well letīs say others obviously hear something different than I do because I hear next to none ( therefore the semi-progressive label above). The level of innovation is non-existent IMO. Now I donīt rate albums in degrees of progressive behaviour but even for heavy metal/ death metal standards this is a mediocre product that simply doesnīt have any impact on me. What bothers me the most is that a major metal label like Roadrunner Records keeps signing these mediocre bands. They used to be the leaders of the pack. I guess that title goes to Relapse Records at the moment.

The most prolific member of the band is without a doubt drummer Kevin Talley who has played with acts such as Soils of Fate, Misery Index, Decrepit Birth, The Red Chord, Dying Fetus, M.O.D., Chimaira, Dark Days, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation, All The Way To The Bank and Nothnegal. His performance on this album is excellent and really helps increase the level of enjoyment for me. And that is much needed here.

The production is excellent. Clean and powerful.

From my review itīs not hard to guess that I donīt enjoy The Hinderers much. It leaves me totally indifferent but honouring my own principles of rating I will still rate the album with 3 small stars. This is a very professional product. Well performed, very well produced and well written ( well thatīs an aquired taste but still), so I canīt rate it with less even though it gives me almost zero enjoyment. I canīt recommend this album if youīre looking for new and innovative music but if youīre content with a crushingly heavy and rather polished modern heavy metal/ death metal album this might suit your taste.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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