Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Memories of a Dead Man-V.I.T.R.I.O.L

When I first heard this record I was immediately impressed by the groups stellar songwriting capabilites. Memories of A Dead Man is a group of stellar musicians who have forged a progressive metal sound that is nearly as good as late Death. While their sound may be less aggressive they still have the high varnish and encapsulating sound that makes records like Sound of Perseverance so good. In other words, the groups new record V.I.T.R.I.O.L is one of the great ones of 2013, an album that captures the heart and then allows the listener to achieve a new level of enlightenment.

What one needs to note about this album is that it is not very aggressive at all. While some of it is performed at blistering speeds and their is heavy use of death growls (with a couple of artfully placed cleans) this is definitely not mosh pit music. Instead V.I.T.R.I.O.L sees the band embracing their inner Opeth with a set of longer songs that build up into the listeners ear and then come crashing down. This band does a great job of playing with different tempos and contrasting them for musical interest. It makes the songs seem a lot more dynamic and really helps to engage the listener into the music.

In conclusion, if you're looking for a cool new prog record to spend an evening with, this is the album for you. Their is a wonderfully layered sound here and its fun to explore the death metal soundscapes that are crafted by Memories of a Dead Man on V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Fiery and filled to the brim with some stellar songs that ebb and flow through the eardrums this album represents a little under an hour of prog that carries you on an aural journey through the abyss. With songs like Ode to Myself that really touch the soul I can see this band going far!

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