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Experimental/Post Metal

3.56 | 17 ratings

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3 stars Some parts of this album come across really cool, but at other times, it seems really bland; giving me mixed feelings about it

In Session was a great track to open up with. I liked a lot of the melodies between the vocals and the deep guitar parts. I really got into this one.

Rule the Blood was a decent track too, but it seemed like too many of the melodies were repeated over and over again within the tracks following it, Covenant Colours and Eastern Era. When listening, you feel like you're stuck in the same song, even though you're positive the tracks have changed. If they were all presented as one track and the individual titles used as chapters, then it would probably make a lot more sense to my ear; and would probably be easier to understand the connection. But no connection is stated, so I'm still lost and still wondering why they correlate. Eastern Era ends great though, picking up with a new progression from the previous repeating melodies.

New Canaan was good. I liked the use sax in it; however, overall, didn't get powerful enough for me. Although, Stasis and Where the Spirits Tread have some great dramatic parts. Definitely one of the highlights to look forward to in the middle/end of the album.

Dead Weight was a good relief from the slower drumming. It's more active than the other songs, rhythmically-speaking. I also like the xylophone parts in it. Subtlety makes everything. I also like the transition to those guitar chords around the 4:30 mark.

Drying Mouths has it's interesting parts as well, I like the abrupt, yet smooth drum transition into what sounds like a possible chorus due to melody change taking place around 1:00. After that, it begins to pick up and everything seems to keep rising towards climax, only to go soft shortly, then hits you with the end. Great track.

The last song, Providence, starts with a motif to the first song, In Session, giving it a 'book end effect,' which I liked. I felt like things were to be summed up. However, the melodies weren't repeated or related like tracks 2-4 were, and led to more varying passages instead. It was a good song to leave you off at.

Overall, the album isn't too bad, but I wasn't completely captivated by the music. It's dark and gloomy, which fits great and really does it's job, but it just seems like there should be more change within it to mix things up a bit. The tempos, keys and time signatures seem too familiar between each song, and the drumming is often alike. It seems like it needs more taste thrown into it. The vocals aren't bad, but again, too familiar between each song. If you're not paying the closest of attention to it, then by the end, it's difficult to remember which songs you were attracted to and which songs you weren't. It all meshes a bit too much together. These tracks would be great for your .mp3 player's Shuffle feature, but it's difficult to listen straight through the whole album and really adore it. Considering the ups and downs, it's a good album, but definitely not a favorite for me; nor my favorite album from Callisto themselves.

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