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Released: 2011, Century Media
It's one of the great home truths about music as an art form: you can fool some of them, some of the time, but you can only fool half of them all of the time. As the late, great Bill Hicks said: 'Play from your fucking heart!' - because particularly when it comes to heavy metal, there will be enough people out there with a large enough frame of reference to see through your bullshit.
Take one of Century Media's latest signings, Sonne Adam (meaning "Hater of man" in Hebrew), as an example. As soon as "We Who Worship The Black" slithers out of the speakers, this Israeli quartet boast practically all the hallmarks of the dark death metal tag that they're so enthusiastically gunning for. The obligatory Hammer horror sound effects permeate through a wall of droning riffs. Added to the mix are a host of purposefully restrained beats courtesy of drummer Steel, recalling vintage Incantation in no small measure, while vocalist Dahan, does his best to emulate a heavily accented John McEntee. On paper it reads pitch-perfect - in practice it's a soulless journey which requires serious patience to complete. That they rarely deviate from this stale formula exasperates the problem, and on the odd occasion that they do the result is "Solitude In Death" - an instrumental practically buckling beneath its creators insipid self-awareness.
Of course, their tens of fans will decry such criticism as unnecessarily harsh. Sonna Adam are after all the antithesis to the more fashionable deathcore crowd so loathed by genre purists. A more relevant comparison would be to the truly tormented symphonies conjured up on the last Triptykon disc; do that and TRANSFORMATION just comes off sounding bush league and decidedly lame.
1. We Who Worship the Black
2. I Sing His Words
3. Sonne Adam
4. Solitude in Death
5. Take Me Back to Where I Belong
7. I Claim My Birth in Blood
Davidov - Guitars
Dahan - Vocals, Bass
Mayer - Guitars
Steel - Drums
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