MetalBite Review by Tobias on 12/26/2001
This slow tempo bout of emo-metal sadness is atmospherically full but really doesnít have much more value than fuel for the melancholic teen who really wants to light candles and whine to himself about how treacherous his life and loves are.
Now, this isnít just a lyrical criticism, the music follows suit with a long slow and dreary ďwoe is meĒ feel to it. Even with this self-pitying style, the music can at times be very beautifulÖ right up until the vocals kick in and itís instantly a carbon copy of everything else on the album.
What I find bizarre about this album is that each element is well performed and talented, but it all loses itís grip on the listener soon after the best track on the album, Taint of Shame
, because of itís repetitive paradoxically densely beautiful monotony. Ok, so thatís a little hard to follow, let me try explaining again; itís full, itís beautiful, itís well-done and itís freaking boring
So, what is it about all this seemingly great musicianship that loses the listener to boredom? Well, monotony for one; while the music rises and falls and has plenty of organic breathing, each song seems to be made up of exactly the same notes in a slightly different order. The arrangement approach seems almost identical on each song and the keyboards, which are intended to flesh out the atmosphere, often drown the rest of the music.
I think it may be the keyboards themselves that really destroy this album, rehashing the same slow I-wish-I-were-spooky licks and bridges.
Metal for drama-queens.