Released: 2008, Lifeforce Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This trio comes from Atlanta Georgia and was formed 2002-03 and released their debut album at the same time. The album received great reviews and landed the band two tours during 2004 and 2005 helped gain them solid and loyal fanbase. SNAKE WINE is the first release on Lifeforce Records, a label which normally only contracts band in the heavier school. Sure, Light Pupil Dilate’s music is heavy but not as heavy as the bio wants us to believe and therefore also a bit of an unusual release for Lifeforce Records. The bands music sounds to me like a mix of progressive rock and fusion metal with longer instrumental parts. It’s a different mix and also a very annoying kind of music. The music is complicated and even though I listened to the album several times, after each listen I pulled my hair in despair when I still didn’t understand the strange kind of musical style.
The bass player Chvasta and drummer Green are the most solid members in the band and they deliver a solid effort with nothing to complain about. It gets rockier and more insecure when singer/guitarist Searle comes in and there’s a lot more to wish for when it comes to both his vocal parts as well as his guitar work. His vocals is very uneven and I think he’s voice is too thin for singing this kind of music. From time to time he dazzles on guitar but the peaks are too few and the valleys and lows are too many to make a solid impression.
Despite the short playing time, 45 minutes, the 9 songs feels like they never end. The album simply lacks strong material and song structures and it feels like the band has to go back to their rehearsing room and write some new material. Searle really has to work on his vocals and guitar playing otherwise this band is going nowhere.
I can’t say that there is anything that impresses me when it comes to this disc. SNAKE WINE includes more flaws and errors than anything I’ve heard lately and the partial great production can’t help the rest of the disc. The most positive thing with the album is the solid rhythm section. Better luck next time.