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DESTINITY
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I'm going to attempt to finish this review without mentioning a particular Scandinavian death metal-related band that have recently reformed and helped kick-start an entire sub-genre in the nineties that was effectively melodic scale wanking. So, Destinity (I want to say Destitty all the time) are a melodic death metal band from France as it happens. Think 'Face Down' (with all their electronic doodads) and the afore(not)mentioned Scandinavian act, and you have a pretty clear picture of what we're dealing with here. As an attempt to revitalise a sub-genre that has been butchered by far too many American metalcore bands, it's not a terrible example of what can be done. The electronics add enough interest to avoid this falling into the bargain bin. However, it's also not very captivating. Songs go by, and I have my foot tapping to the groovy rhythms, but I have no recollection of them five minutes later. There's nothing offensive about the songs, but they are definitely a little dull. In fact the only thing I can still recall is the singerís penchant for hardcore-style shouting, intermixed with his deathy growls, and that's only because his accent is so strong. His clean vocals sound heavily processed and harmonised that they become a little overbearing. Still, musically it's tight and ticks all the right boxes in terms of adhering to a style. And, while the electronics are unusual for this style of music, they're not performed with any amount of panache; they're just shoe-horned in to appear unique. So, this only comes recommended if you love all things melo-death. And, if you don't, you'd be well advised to leave this one at the gates.
LABEL:
FORMAT:
Lifeforce Records
Album
XI REASONS TO SEE
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Review by Steve Cowan
RUNNING TIME:
52:02
RELEASE DATE:
22nd Feb 2010
TRACK LISTING
1) Just Before...
2) A Dead Silence
3) When They Stand Still
4) To Touch the Ground
5) Your Demonic Defense
6) In Sorrow
7) Rule of the Rope
8) Silent Warfare
9) Negative Eyes Control
10) Self Lies Addiction
11) Got Smile Sticking
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
France
"...this only comes recommended if you love all things melo-death. And, if you don't, you'd be well advised to leave this one at the gates."