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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Subterfuge (3:39)
2. From the Blind (3:47)
3. Cosmic Forge (4:27)
4. Sightless 03:17 [view lyrics]
5. Under a Somber Sign (3:36)
6. Ovum (3:24)
7. Festival Mass Soulform (3:18)
8. Above Lucium (4:08)
9. Who Will Take the Blame (4:12)
10. War Born (Tri-Adverserenade) (2:01)
11. Dead on the Dancefloor (3:55)
12. Blessed Through Misery (4:11)
13. The Hinderers (4:23)

Total Time 48:18

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Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Kameron / keyboards, vocals
- Eyal Levi / guitar, synth
- Emil Werstler / guitar
- Jeremy Creamer / bass
- Sean Farber / vocals
- Kevin Talley / drums (tracks 6, 10)

- Matt Ellis / drums (track 1-5)
- Eric Sanders / drums (tracks 7-9, 11-13)

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CD Roadrunner Records (2007)

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3.69
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Review by The T
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4 stars I have been subjected to a few very disappointing experiences with extreme-prog metal lately. Bands that can't play it slower or can't play a single melody or that can't come up with an original idea, and bands that seem to adore this terrible "whatever-core" style of screaming and shouting, have made me lose faith in a genre that has given me plenty of great musical moments.

But finally I've found something that, while still extreme and pretty noisy, has all those elements I was missing from many other bands. Atlanta's DAATH is a true example of pushing the music to the limits without pushing it entirely out of bounds.

The first thing I noticed about the sound of this album, "The Hinderers", is how the synthesizers are actually an integral part of the band's extreme sound. DAATH plays a singular style of progressive death-metal with industrial elements and the keyboards are not just a gimmick or a background- enhancement-tool as in many other groups. In DAATH, the keys add to the actual metal effect, helping the guitars in building the wall of sound instead of just being used only for chords behind the main riffs. The keys collaborate with the guitars in the riff department from time to time, when they're not being played with industrial-mechanized effects. All of this adds a distinct flavor to the music. It sounds heavy, extreme, but also modern.

The vocals here are ever changing. Clean singing isn't to be found here, and most of the time what we have is a hybrid of death metal's classical low-pitched growling with black metal's typical high-pitched vocals. The voice kind of fluctuates between the two, going up and down depending on the needs of the music. It doesn't feel like a gimmick, but even better (especially for me), it adds something to the music. It's not brutal screaming for the sake of screaming. It's not anger; it's just another integral element of the music.

The album's songs are short and concise, but never feel devoid of ideas like in other bands. The length of the tracks doesn't come from the speed at what they're played or from how much the performers want to show-off their skills, but from the actual needs of every composition. The structures are never too complicated, and when all that had to be said has been said, it's over. Time to start another song.

The music has melody, for a change. And very atmospheric. At moments it has strong influences from the Swedish school of death metal, especially from the more melodic bands like SOILWORK or DARK TRANQUILITY. At the same time, there are influences from the brutal death metal scene, and I heard some hints of NILE in these songs, with some oriental/Egyptian/Hebrew-style riffs here and there, something which maybe shouldn't surprise us as the band's name itself comes from the Hebrew language, and also as it has been said that the members take a lot of influences from Da'at and Kabbalah. The music has also a very deep industrial influence as mentioned before, bordering in electronica for just a few moments in the album.

The musicianship is top-notch. I've discussed the singer and the keys already, but the rest of the band members also help drive this opus home. The album has three drummers and, it's safe to say, all of them are very skilled, playing a very similar style, with emphasis in the double bass drums, though that doesn't mean they don't have to time to more delicate drumming, like in the opening of "Who Will Take The Blame?" The guitars are very technical, also, and, unlike other extreme albums of late, have room here to express melodic ideas and even to solo every now and then.

All in all, an excellent sophomore release by DAATH, a band that shows extreme potential to create even better music. As of right now, it's one of the better technical-death-prog-metal albums I've heard this year, and I recommend it very strongly to fans of the genre.

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Send comments to The T (BETA) | Report this review (#172451) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Review by 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.

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Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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5 stars Death metal I thought was dying. So many silly sub genres coming from it, tech death, deathcore, screamo, scream core, gump core...all that [&*!#]. The basics of death metal were fading away. It was always the older bands, like Deicide, Carcass, Death, Napalm Death, Cainnibal Corpse, which mad ... (read more)

Report this review (#611541) | Posted by arcane-beautiful | Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I was quite supprised to see this band on the pages of Prog Archives as i would'nt consider them prog, more industrial groove metal, but i have had a soft spot for this band for a while now, so here goes my review. This is a great extreme metal album with many cool twists and turns, including the ... (read more)

Report this review (#282644) | Posted by FarBeyondProg | Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Daath has been breathing life into the pretty stagnant death metal scene for the last five years. Their blend of some Gothenburg scene death metal, techno, some black metal, US death metal and industrial metal gives the tracks on this album plenty of air and life. The music is not as compac ... (read more)

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