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3.59 | 310 ratings

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King Brimstone
3 stars - Review #22 -

So, Vector and Virus are one album. They both feature the same characteristics, the same story, even a similar minimalistic album cover. I also think it deserves the same three star rating as Vector, even though I think it's better than Vector. Virus features the same amount of tracks as Vector, with their lengths going from two minutes up to seventeen, and with multiple purposes.

The ballads of the album are Canary Yellow and Only Stars, the latter being a reprise of Vector's Clear. The heavier tracks of the album are the opener Prosthetic, The Strain and Invasion. The lengthy tracks of the album, Carousel and the suite Messiah Complex, are very dynamic songs with multiple sections that work very well, they're the redeeming part of the album.

While I think that this album is great (and totally enjoyable), it's also quite generic. Djent is a progressive metal sub genre that I've always been divided about. Either it's impressive and shocking like when it's done by Meshuggah, or boring and forced like when it's done by... yeah, Haken. It's a good album though.

Three Stars.

King Brimstone | 3/5 |


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