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The Monochromatic Era

Switzerland Country of Origin: Switzerland

The Monochromatic Era
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Release Date: 2010
Genre: Electronic, Melodic, Metalcore
2. Subversive Mind
3. Retribution Engine
4. Customized Genotype
5. Falling
6. Digital Structure
7. EC-10
8. Ruins
9. Spirals
10. System Failure

Review by Adam M on April 13, 2011.

"The Monochromatic Era" is Industrialized Melodic Death Metal that tries to be memorable and catchy. The music here is very accessible in nature with an almost candy-coated sound. The vocals are a mixture of hardcore screams and clean singing that are probably one of the weakest aspects of the album. They bring forth a commercial vibe to the mix that doesn’t really belong in the Melodic Death metal genre.

The music has slightly more aggression to maintain your interest, but there is still a streamlined approach that makes the band somewhat unappealing. Compared to a band like Dark Tranquility, Breach The Void’s sound has too much sweetness and not enough grit. The music doesn’t maintain enough of a sustained impact, but merely rolls along in a very glossy manner. This is okay if the listener is looking for something easy to digest, but don’t expect anything that will make you overly exert your mental energy. Breach The Void’s music is about as straightforward as it gets, even within the Melodic Death Metal genre. A few electronic bleeps make their presence known from time to time, but add very little to the overall dimensions of the band.

The music here is sufficient, but not interesting enough to really pull the listener in. I imagine that people with less demanding musical tastes will be drawn towards this more than others. If I had to pick a standout track, perhaps 'Digital Structure' has enough chops to attract more attention than anything else on the disc. There are moments in tracks like this one that have an appealing melodic nature combined with aggression reasonable amounts, but they are few and far between. "The Monochromatic Era" is a very average release.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 6.5
Atmosphere: 6
Production: 7.5
Originality: 6.5
Overall: 6.7

Rating: 6.7 out of 10