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Released: 2013, Self-release
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
In Holland’s metal scene, Montany are an established name but have also gained recognition past Holland’s borders. Since their formation, the band have strived to create their own sound by experimenting with different elements, be it rock, pop, whatever.
BIOGENETIC opens up with the electro-styling programmes of “Of Fire and Ice”. The electro elements are led into an anthemic rock set of riffs that clash unpleasantly with the vocals. The title track, “Biogenetic”, is more metal driven but the linger electro elements lay beneath the metallic surface. The vocals again clash with the music, reflecting two opposing forces that clearly don’t fit together.
“Falling To Pieces” sounds to be in the veins of a progressive rock and nu-metal crossover with cleanly executed rhythm sections and a sharp use of riffs but it’s the vocals don’t live up to the potential of the song. Despite the somewhat sombre title, “Without You” is surprisingly full of break-neck guitar medleys and precise drum strikes. Of course, the song isn’t complete without its emotive keyboard chords.
“Miles Away” comes blasting in like a lioness on the warpath before becoming more docile sounding, allowing a stream of emotion to flow through both the softer and harder aspects of the song where as “Angels Smile” calls upon a soft rock sound, which is unexpected given the last two tracks, although some heavier guitar passages do make an appearance. “Change Of Seasons” calls back the anthemic styled riffs from earlier in the album, with subtle hints of electroesque keyboards in the background and an interesting use of vocals.
“A Moment Of Faith” starts with a memorable piano medley before lightning quick guitar notes come screaming over the top accompanied with some plain, typical power metal vocals. The album finishes with the track “Egypt”, which features an ingenious keyboard passage that sounds like the typical Egyptian soundtrack for any Egyptian-themed film. The use of guitars and rhythm sections work around the keyboards almost perfectly.
BIOGENETIC as an album, does stand out on the power metal scene but it’s not a genre defining – or redefining – album. There are some poetically written pieces of music throughout the album but the vocals leave the listener uninspired throughout most of the album.
Review by Nico Davidson
1. Of Fire and Ice
3. Falling to pieces
4. Without you
5. Miles Away
6. Angels Smile
7. Change of seasons
8. Moment of faith
Patrick van Maurik Vocals
Dirk Hoek Guitar)
Stefan Brederode Bass
Marcel Chaudron Drums
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