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A shoddy attempt at melodeath - 28%

PorcupineOfDoom, May 4th, 2015

When you hear of a band with a name like Another Perfect Day, you would naturally assume that the stuff they play is quite soppy. And you would be correct, because The Gothenburg Post Scriptum is fairly weak and obviously meant to be more accessible than anything else. Maybe to someone who has never listened to metal then this stuff might be a good stepping stone, but to anyone else it's just a waste of time.

It's actually saddening that this album is so weak, because when I see progressive melodic death metal as the genre I would at least expect some kind of powerful climax. Another Perfect Day never reach anything like that, starting out mid-tempo and ultimately ending the same way. The intensity hardly wavers at all, and the opening riffs generally set the tone for the rest of the song. The one exception is 'The Ghost She Slept Beside Me', which sort of steps up a gear from where it started by the end of the song. However, the only reason it manages that is because it starts off with some lame chugging and by the end there are at least some melodeath hooks.

The vocals at the start of the album are predominantly growls, but come the middle they start to die off and are replaced by cleans. The growls are particularly great, but I'd much rather they took the lead more often. Coupled with the wimpy melodies in the background and the recurring acoustic sections, the cleans lead this album along the lines of becoming a bad gothic metal album. Maybe if they were done to a higher standard this wouldn't be the case, but as with every other instrument that's used here, they fall way short of what can pass as amazing.

I notice a lot of similar patterns between songs, and the techniques that Kristian Kohlmannslehner (the band's only member) has at his disposal seem rather limited. The hooks, while at times captivating, are mostly simple and lack any real substance. They're played to death on each track as well. Other than that, all the guitars do is chug along. Not with any real power either, just a short, sharp chug followed by a longer gap before the process begins to repeat itself. The drumming is done by a session drummer and is pretty unspectacular, albeit not shockingly bad.

All in all, not a great composition. Even if you're new to the world of metal and are looking for something slightly watered down, I wouldn't go looking in this direction. Another Perfect Day have nothing special to offer, and there are far better melodeath acts to seek out.