Reviewed: November 2008
Released: 2008, InsideOut Music/Border Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Amaseffer is a band that comes from Israel, which is unusual for a metal and rock band. Swedish vocalist Mats Levén was the bands choice for a lead singer. The trio also has three different Israeli guest vocalists as well as another woman who sings on the track “Midian”. SLAVES FOR LIFE is the band’s debut album. It is hard to describe the music on SLAVES FOR LIFE but think of symphonic progressive rock with some oriental beats and sections. Add to that a few heavier metal passages and you have the picture. The band varies frequently between western and oriental music styles with many emotions and different beats.
The band mixes so many different styles that the music feels unbearable. The only thing that saves the album from falling flat is Mats Levéns awesome voice. SLAVES FOR LIFE features 10 tracks and it is hard to tell if it is a theme/concept album. The leader says that the songs are about “the old testament story about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt” so I guess the songs are linked together.
I have a hard time liking this album; it is too freaky and oriental for my taste. The only positive thing is Levéns vocals and that is about it. Sure, it’s grand, epic and all that but it’s hard to grasp it. I can’t find any favorite song and that sure shows this is a bad album.
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