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Released: 2012, Indie
When I was introduced to the band, Arapacis by some industry people, their music really caught my ear. I got in touch and they were nice enough to send me a copy of their album, NETHERWORLD. They are a Metal trio from Quebec and this is actually their third album. The band is on Ravenheart and the band and the label did a good job of presentation. I really like the album cover, the back cover of the little girl playing with the vulture was a nice touch. The production is decent enough and the packaging is not too adventurous but quite satisfactory. The band name is taken from the historical monument and is roughly translated as 'The Bridge Of Peace'.
My immediate impression was that the band have not defined a signature sound. You could pick any three songs at random on the album and they do not sound like the other two. The band covers the gambit of Hard Rock, with the cowbell driven good times of ‘Horror Show’, to the full-on Sabbath inspired doom on the track’ Lord Of The Clouds’ to the more modern thrash/metalcore inspired tune of ‘Beneath Me’. Seriously, this thing is all over the map. It is certainly a very schizophrenic listening experience and NETHERWORLD is far more a collection of very well songs and not a cohesive album by any means.
Fortunately, the band shifts between Metal sub-genres with slippery ease; making the transitions palatable. Each style they try, they do a very good job at writing in that style. The album is also quite atmospheric at times as well. The album ends with a shorter instrumental (mostly) which is acoustic guitar, some slightly chanted (that might not even be the right term) vocals and a gorgeous vocal line by singer Lizzie who demonstrates her soprano-like range. She has a sweet voice that can go from an Angela Gossow-like shriek to the aforementioned soprano at the drop of a hat. She has some pretty phenomenal talent.
Ultimately, NETHERWORLD is a very Metal album. There is lots of guitar, even a bit power Metal-ish in places, some fast songs, some slow songs, some grinders, some rockers, and it all kinda swirls around in this cauldron of brew and when you take a sip you never quite know what you are going to get, but you know it tastes (and sounds) good. It’s a strong album, with loads of character and charisma, and after my initial hesitation, I’ve grown to really enjoy this diverse, and well-executed album.
1. End Of The Line
2. Horror Show
3. Lord Of The Clouds
6. The Affliction
7. Beautifully Blind
8. Beneath Me
9. Dark Days Ahead
Lizzie Fry - Vocals
Jerry Fielden - Guitar, Bass
Mathieu Roy - Drums
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