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Sons of Azrael - Scouting the Boneyard

Ron Shark   (233 reviews)

Posted: 02/27/2010 | Comments: 2 | Rate:

Blackened melodic death metalcore? I know, that’s a whole lot of genres to describe one band, but believe me it fits. Buffalo, NY’s Sons of Azrael fit that description perfectly on their sophomore release through Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records.

I saw these guys when they toured for their first release and I remembered being sort of into it, but certainly not disliking it. I cannot say the same about this release. Throughout this whole album I was beyond bored and just waiting for it to end. It sounds like band playing their hand at a Black Dahlia Murder sound, but adding in some black metal influences. The black metal influence strikes here and there in the riffing, but mainly come up in the awful higher screamed vocals. They’re like nails on a chalkboard, like cliché black metal vocals, but done by someone that has a head cold. The sound of them drove me up a damn wall. Like the Black Dahlia Murder though, they don’t stay in the higher register the whole time, the deep barks of course show up from time to time.

This album just plods along very predictably. It’s as if they’re playing metal by the numbers. The musicianship is seemingly confident, but certainly not trying to tread any new waters. The lyrics have to be the biggest offender. It’s as if he’s trying to fit a typical metal mold with the gore and then anti religion lyrics. They almost come off like Dr. Seuss at times. Some of the song titles are even lifted from metal band's album titles (The Left Hand Path and Frozen in Time). Why would anyone do that?

I found very little to be redeeming on the album. The production could be one of those redeeming parts. At first I wasn’t too into it, but it did have a unique sound. It is very raw, which is nice in this day and age of overproduced metal, but something seems off in the mix. Overall, this album just reeks of average and is generally boring.

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life is gawbage
22,796 Posts
so it's supposed to have no bass??

i actually thought this was an improvement over the other album

vocals sound like Abbath from Immortal to me.
I have no legs!
27,235 Posts
I like Abbath a lot more than this guy. It also helps that Abbath is being backed by kick ass music. This band is not.

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