MetalBite Review by Anna on 3/11/2010
Despite the cheesy title, the actual music is not bad at all... at least, it's full of good intention. Avicularia
is Brutal Death Metal, and there is much good music brewing in their cauldron. But.
It is not quite successfully translated as their playing needs to be refined, especially for this highly technical style. The drummer is capable and confident, yet lacks the clock-like perfection necessary, as do the others as they at times felt like they were lagging behind each other. This whole recording has a pretty raw sound which I especially took notice to at first, but it did not become a bother to me. This rawness is quite noticeable on the drums, who sound as loud as or louder than all the others. It was not really a bother to me as what he does is always interesting, but if it's going to be this loud I feel it MUST sound like clock-work. There are surprising elements minimally laced within this album, such as what sounds like wood-blocks, coconut shells, or that one Brazilian stringed instrument that you hit with a bow, some sort of bell, and even an orchestral exerpt to close the album. It wasn't strange at all, in fact all of these unexpected elements went down surprisingly smoothly and very pleasantly. As far as the mystery instruments, I cannot tell you what they were.
, if you read this, please tell me the secret percussion instruments that were used. The vocals have a lot of energy and the song-writing and general riffage is quite good. Immolation
influences can definitely be heard in many areas, however they do not sound like a copy-cat band in the least.
Although there is room for perfection, towards the end of the album I truly wondered how much the playing even bothered me as I found this past hour quite enjoyable. I also find the title of the last track, 'Requiem For Ego', to be an excellent title.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.4 out of 10