MetalBite Review by Anna on 2/17/2010
The saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" applies here as I am exposed to the auricular assault of Destrage
. I'm not equating them to trash, rather saying that this is definitely not my cup of tea.
There were certainly a lot of raised eyebrows coming from me as I tried to be open-minded to this band's sound, which is accurately described by their promotional material as "Alternative Melodic Death Metal", although I might add that there are occasional elements of Power Metal as well. This album is energetic and varied in its display of playing-styles, especially with the vocals and guitar, although these varied elements fit appropriately without feeling "thrown in". It's obvious this band is guitar-driven as technical duets and solos are around every other corner. At one point I am even pleasantly surprised by their nailing of a polyrhythmic phrase.
Overall this album sounds rather like a hodgepodge of over-enthusiastic musicians, with thrashy fine-grit vocals alternating with Linkin Park
-esque clean vocals alongside hyperactive guitars on a canvas of emotion I would describe as generally "determined" and "animated". Hints of mild melancholy make brief appearances, giving some indication that there's a greater level of emotional depth and 'sophistication' from the source of this all-around "uplifting" work, an album whose level of emotional intensity remains the same throughout. There were in fact a few phrases that I was genuinely fond of, yet for some reason would morph into something else entirely almost immediately upon appearance.
I imagine these guys playing in a blissed-out state of "cool" as I'm listening to this, a 'higher' form of conventional being I can hardly relate to. The term "new-school" comes to mind. A good sound-track for a video-game geared towards the male, thirteen to eighteen crowd, and definitely a step up in "heavy" for the alternative or "skater" crowd as it's a safe form of "extreme" minus the voodoo. There's enough technicality to be appreciated but not an overdose that cannot be understood. Fans of Alternative Melodic Death, and perhaps Stam1na
, take note.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.1 out of 10