Monday, November 2, 2009

Fragments of Unbecoming - The Everhaunting Past: Chapter IV A Splendid Retrospection (2009)

The Everhaunting Past Chapter IV: A Splendid Retrospection is quite the redundant mouthful of an album title, and perhaps the band should have sunk more time into the music. This is the 3rd album from the Germans, a dense offering of the very typical Swedish melodic deathstyle, with the usual influences in Dark Tranquillity and At the Gates. The band's previous album Sterling Black Icon was quite weak, and though small steps have been made, with a darker tone, I can't say I like this much more.

Though many of the band's breakdowns are the typical type you expect from any derivative metalcore/melodeath crossover band, and the vocals are mediocre and sound like countless other impostors of the genre's forefathers, Fragments of Unbecoming do shine in a few places, when the drums and rhythm guitars are conjoined and the leads and melodies scream over them. This is usually during solos like in "Run Ashored in the Yesteryears" or the bridge during "A Voice Says Destroy!".

These guys have enough tense energy to create mosh paradise, and often they evoke fond nostalgia for Soilwork's better days, or Dark Tranquillity. Some of their titles seem pretty thoughtful and inspiration, but the music is mostly contained within the safety of a genre that has already been trampled to death by countless awful bands like The Black Dahlia Murder. And unless you favor such bands, I cannot offer any recommendation for this.

Highlights: A Voice Says "Destroy"!, and a few of the other guitar solos and melodies

Verdict: Indifference [5/10]

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