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MEPHISTO LETTONICA

Neglected Fields

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal


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5 stars Venomously beautiful

"So charming, attractive, delicious and sweet..." Is it possible to describe Mephisto Lettonica more precisely than these words from the song The Spider's Kiss do? (Ok, of course, it is - I'm just having difficulties to silence the aesthetic ecstasy that overwhelms me every time I listen to this album.) Mephisto Lettonica is the second full-length album of Latvian technical/progressive death metal band Neglected Fields. Among their influences are such classic progressive metal acts as Cynic, Death and Atheist, but the band manages to create a unique sound of their own. On Mephisto Lettonica, song structures are quite complicated, but at the same time the music is very melodic and in some way even symphonic (one can hear some symphonic black metal influences, too). As far as I know, some people can't accept Sergey's vocal style (it's also closer to black metal than typical death metal growling), but it's a matter of taste. The best tracks on the album, IMHO, are... Oh, forget it, all of them are excellent. Check out the original outro!

I give the album five stars without hesitation - it IS a masterpiece. A must-have for progressive metal/technical death metal fans.

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Posted Friday, September 7, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars You haven't listened to this cd yet? Well go find it and purchase it now, now, now!

When I first found this band I simply saw a metal band from Latvia, now that might be interesting. Who would have thought they would have created such a masterpiece and not be fairly known.

One of the first things you might notice is the sound of the guitar can be very similar to Atheist, and other bands, especially in the solos. A lot of the instruments sound similar to other progressive metal and technical metal bands yet it is done so well it never gets boring. This band has taken numerous influences from other bands, compiled them together, then added some Latvian influence of their own to give it a sound that cannot be found elsewhere. The synth is a large addition to this band that really gives it a great sound carefully choosing sounds and placing them along the song without ever being obnoxious like other bands like to do. This adds to the overall ambient feeling giving a large epic feeling that you cannot help but get into.

Black metal vocals are very apparent here and contrast greatly to the other instruments creating an intriguing sound making you want more with every passing second. Though with the vocals comes one small complaint is that I would like a little more variety with the vocals because the rest of the band is so progressive that it sometimes seems odd that the vocals have not really changed as well. And the only other complaint is that the last two songs,(one being a remix of other songs on the cd) do not give anything to the cd really. But because of what this band has already given me I cannot complain at all.

4.5/5 but im giving it 5 simply because of how much play time this cd got before I changed to another cd.

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Posted Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Review Permalink

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