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FABLES OF THE SLEEPLESS EMPIRE

Unexpect

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.90 | 304 ratings

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1791 Overture
2 stars My impression in listening to this album is of a band with a lot of skill and not much taste. The incredibly busy, indulgent, über-produced music on this album gets irritating - the "everything plus the kitchen sink" approach ends in a sort of Nightmare Before Christmas style of metal (THIS IS HALLOWEEN THIS IS HALLOWEEN), and I don't know why the band was so afraid of not putting 100 layers on the music at any given second, but there's a whole lot going on that I don't feel really compliments the direction of the songs. The result is sort of like a parody of 2000's metal, like if Devin Townsend, Arcturus, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Nightwish, Sculptured, and Solefald were all playing at once. I can practically feel my attention span shrink by the second...

For what it's worth, the bass player has serious chops.

1791 Overture | 2/5 |

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