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Electronic metal, wow. Imagine Rhapsody of Fire throwing it down at a rave with Bal-Sagoth popping pills in the back room and you'll have an idea of what Dol Ammad sounds like. I don't know who told them this style works, but I guess they haven't been listening since this is their third full-length album now.
What attracted me to this release in the first place (going in without prior knowledge) was the Sci-Fi nerd's wet dream of an album cover. I thought to myself "this has to be cool", and was borderline wrong. There are some moments I do genuinely like on this release, but some of the electronic moments don't work well, there is a lot of filler and the constant orchestral-style vocals wear thin after the first track.
What is good are tracks such as "Hyperspeed", "Supernova" and "Titan Warriors" which are fairly fast paced, and show what Dol Ammad can do best, these tracks would make a good soundtrack for futuristic "run and gun" games, or games such as R-Type. However these tracks aside there isn't much on offer here that works for me; there just isn't much in the way of actual riffs, which kind of sucks. For the most part this is just a mess of electronics over basic distorted guitar backdrops with a ridiculous amount of orchestral choirs.
Overall Cosmic Gods Episode I: Hyperspeed is fairly average, and I'm strapped for recommending this to anyone. If you want a change in soundtrack to some of your videogames like anything I mentioned earlier then this could be worth checking out, but that is clutching at straws. Interesting but not really in the good sort of way.
Originally written for http://www.metalcrypt.com