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Relfections of Mortality
So It Begins
July 2007
Released: 2007, Independent
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Reflections of Mortality may just be the oldest “new” band I’ve come across in a long while. The band’s genesis was as far back as 1997, taking their first baby steps as a collective of high school-aged friends. Based on their online bio (nothing was sent with the CD), nothing much happened for the group until 2005 when the three friends who comprise the band decided to get serious and work on an album. Now two years later we have SO IT BEGINS… the group’s first release.

After listening to this album several times, I have to admit I’m still somewhat stumped as to how Reflections of Mortality’s music should be classified – mostly because it can’t! Over the course of the disc, the band runs the gamut from straight-ahead traditional metal, to progressive metal, to (shudder) mallcore, to something that’s very close to melodic death metal. In this regard, the band reminds me most of Canadian warriors Into Eternity, except these guys have more clean vocals and haven’t quite refined themselves to that level yet.

Aside from the pure mallcore bullshit of “Human Concession”, each song on the album has a few interesting riffs and/or melodies, but none truly stand out as “must hear” songs. If I had to pick, I’d probably highlight the speedy “Eve of Berlin”, the progressive melodicism of “Binary Existence”, and perhaps the ballad “All the Good” which features song expressive vocal work.

When all is said and done, SO IT BEGINS… sounds like a band that’s still trying to define themselves and carve out their own musical niche. While the mish-mash of styles is somewhat jarring, I commend the band on trying to do their own thing and not bowing to trends or genre classifications. But seriously guys – lose the mallcore next time.
Track Listing

1) The Calling
2) Eve of Berlin
3) The Hate Inside
4) Human Concession
5) All the Good
6) Forewarned
7) So It Begins…
8) Binary Existence
9) When the Button Is Pushed

Lineup

Chris Reed: Guitar, Vocals
David Medeiros: Bass, Vocals
Myles Lucier: Drums

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