I’m reminded of The Golding Institute. Not because there’s anything sonically similar between that band and this, but because in both cases I found myself listening to something completely new and unfamiliar. This is not a position I find myself in often.
This is a very unique and interesting album.The two sounds that stick with you the most are this horrible, horror movie echoy like down the halls of an insane asylum sobbing, and the lead singer’s pained howl/yelp/”singing”. (Apparently the lyrics are all about how you’re worthless and should kill yourself, but that’s played out and I can’t understand what this Greek band is singing about most of the time, but more because of the singing style than the accent.)
Musically, things are slow and repetitive. It’s a bit reminiscent of Metallica’s “One” in parts, not least because in “The Dead Have No Speech For” [sic] they quote some of the same parts of Johnny Got His Gun that Metallica did in the video for “One.”
Mostly the album lays down a nice base of metal, but with the exception of the two Likes it just kind of remains at that background level. Save when they break the forgettable groove for some horrible crying or yelp-singing.
No, this is only intermittently good or enjoyable. Two clowns for that plus an extra half for being so damned compelling and unique.
- Wastes Of Life – By far the shortest track at 4:51, almost serves as intro. Halloween-levels of horrible echo-y crying, making it very hard to listen to. Slow and spoken word
- Sterile Death, Without Mourning – oy the screaming. also too long and repetitive. but not bad.
- The Dead Have No Speech For – Johnny Got His Gun
- To The Fall Of Man – pained howling. starts with backward tape. For about the first half, even with the howling, I’m thinking this is gonna be Like, but just gets too long and repetitive. (It’s 12:11)
- Graves Of Your Creator – 11:01