Released: 2008, Massacre Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Hamburg-based Metalium is launching their brand new album titled INCUBUS – CHAPTER SEVEN; their seventh album to date. Metalium is a very productive band that has toured through Europe and appeared at numerous festivals and through the years they’ve earned themselves a very solid and true fanbase. According to my bio, this new album is the band’s most diverse yet, but I hear the same typical German heavy/power melodic metal they usually play. The lack of originality doesn’t take away the fact that the music is well-executed, skilled and of course extremely catchy with easily-remembered choruses.
All of the musicians are talented and they throw out fast guitar riffs, hammering drums and manage to take the songs a step forward with a dynamic and broad vocal range. But despite the musicians’ skills there are some problems with the music. INCUBUS – CHAPTER SEVEN sounds just like any other heavy/power metal album. The album lacks inspiration and originality that would distinguish this as a Metalium album.
The band’s earlier albums have been themed albums and this one is no different. This time it’s not about a corny fantasy story, but more serious subjects like the relationship of religion and the church. The only change the band has made to the music is that it’s a bit darker than previous albums and they have also somewhat slowed down the tempo.
If you’re into Metalium then you already know what you’re getting and despite the changes I still think it sounds like any of their other work. There aren’t many surprises in INCUBUS – CHAPTER SEVEN and it’s a mediocre album that won’t make Metalium any bigger or smaller.