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BLESSED ARE THE BONDS

The Pax Cecilia

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.93 | 42 ratings

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jampa17
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3 stars Unexpected. A strange worthy material, but not exactly my cup of tea.

Well, I didn't expect a piano based "post-metal" band and if you find it a little odd, let me tell you is an interesting experiment. This band uses a lot of ambience noisy soft environment to set the mood and suddenly it blows away with more "regular" post metal onslaught. The result depends too much on each one tastes, because is strange and is difficult to describe.

I have to say that the soft phrases and the songs with more mellow approach were very good and it really shares some kind of enjoyable emotions, and the voice matches really well there. In the heavy side of things, I found very interesting riffing and good construction of regular prog- metal phrases (a little more aggressive maybe) but the vocals didn't make it for me. I think the singer need a little more work in his screams, because is not just about to scream and see what happen with it. I found the instrumental fractions in the heavy songs very attractive and I surprise myself doing some strange head banging, because is not that "regular" 4/4 to headbang to.

Now, I notice that this kind of music works better if you just let the songs sound as background music. Don't try to pay too much attention and suddenly you will feel very comfortable about it, and you will discover some nice parts that sometimes you miss for paying attention. Well, that was my experience and even for the listener, there are ways to experiment with this kind of music. So, I feel very good about what I found here.

Besides of the vocals (screams) in the heavy side of things and maybe too long arrangements in the soft parts, I don't have too much complains about this album and you should try it if you like experimental bands. Now, 3 stars is fair, because I don't think it's excellent, but I'm sure I want to hear more from this guys.

jampa17 | 3/5 |

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