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Insect Song - Beyond The Embrace

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Beyond The Embrace / Audio CD released 2004-05-17 at Metal Blade

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      15.02.2008 17:48
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      Beyond the Embrace's second album (2004).

      The second and currently most recent release from this American band is less impressive than its predecessor, but at the same time more individual, even if it takes a few more obvious influences to set them apart after the relatively pure In Flames worship of the first album. Shawn Gallagher's vocals are now performed almost entirely in his enjoyable clean voice, based in a style reminiscent of Metallica's James Hetfield or more accurately the Hetfield impersonation of Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes, and his yells by contrast sound disappointingly hardcore rather than metal in nature. The guitars have similarly changed, now featuring less lead melodies than before and based predominantly in heavy riffs that are nevertheless a little weak, and the few melodic moments and solos that are thrown out in songs like 'Plague' and 'Absent' feel rather redundant in this style, perhaps because the singing is already doing such a job of putting the "melo" into melodeath. That's not to say that this album is necessarily heavier than its predecessor for lacking the melodic touches, as the generally slower pace actually leads most of it to be a lot mellower. 'Ashes' is a soft acoustic song, and there are other traits of classic melodeath in the title song among others, but mainly this feels like a bit of a confused misstep for a band attempting to find its own voice within a genre that's already been explored to its maximum stretch, and has even snapped on numerous occasions to let some pretty bad off-shoots generate in its wake. Beyond the Embrace were never a particularly great metal band, but it remains to be seen whether their next album will rock or smell. 1. Fleshengine Breakdown 2. Plague 3. My Fall 4. ...Of Every Strain 5. Redeemer 6. Insect Song 7. Ashes 8. Weak and the Wounded 9. Absent 10. Within

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Fleshengine Breakdown
    2 Plague
    3 My Fall
    4 Of Every Strain
    5 Redeemer
    6 Insect Song
    7 Ashes
    8 Weak And The Wounded
    9 Absent
    10 Within