Birth Of The Marvellous
Review by Adam M on April 30, 2019.
Sermon have a keen grip on the progressive metal genre with their new album Birth of the Marvellous. There is a mechanical efficiency that resonates in these songs and brings them to life. They go through a number of shifts and changes and always remain interesting.
One thing that stuck out to me was the drumming, which was pinpoint and always elevated the songs at the proper time. This band has a similar mood to Tool, but is heavier at times and brings a more progressive metal flavor to the table. There are still several quiet moments to be found on the disc and they add variety to what’s to be found in a similar manner to Katatonia. With new albums by Soen and Source, this is yet another surprise before we finally get that new Tool album and this is a very positive thing indeed. This band brings with it a somewhat darker mood like Katatonia, but still has the mechanical vibe present in Tool’s songs. There isn’t a dull moment on the disc as they take you a number of new places that are altogether interesting and worthwhile. With a slight focus on being more progressive and innovative this band could become an even greater powerhouse in the future.
As it stands, we’re left with a complex, thoughtful and powerful work that contains all the best of the progressive metal genre. There is very little room for improvement, but I believe the band will get even better with time. One criticism of the album is that it’s a bit short and thus doesn’t have time to become as ingrained in your imagination as the best Tool albums. This is still one of the greatest albums of the year and needs to be heard by anyone with a desire for anything progressive. If you like the style make sure to check this album out.
Rating: 8.1 out of 10