Review by JD on January 23, 2011.
A term like average can be a real heavy weight around any band’s neck, if one has it hung on them. The connotation clearly says that your just like anyone else in the world and lack that certain something that stands out.... and makes your band just someone playing rather than actually one that is seen as creating something. Most strive to not be like that... some actually welcome mediocrity.
Italy’s Sadist plays intense progressive sounding metal with some Death and Black Metal overtones underneath everything. It is just this mix of musical brutalism that is both the bands menacing strength, as well as ending up being their overwhelmingly glaring weakness. As hard as it is to point out, these two sides end up just cancelling out of things - that helps this band and makes this a nicer record than what is usual.
Tracks like 'One Thousand Memories' and 'Tearing Away' shows that Sadist has this remarkable aptitude for writing smart and thought provoking lyrics, but then the heavy burden of averageness muddies those amazing words and does little to help the songs along. Directly said, the music’s overall average overtones and extremely mediocre style of playing bring things down and anything that makes them stand out is lost in the muck and mire of this album’s feel.
I am disappointed that such a band can be so good, yet so average all on one CD. I need to hear more of the band, and hope like hell that they have changed things around. Talent is something that should never be squandered away. This album should show clearly what not to do... squander talent like this.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 6.6 out of 10