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Panic and Uncertainty on the 90’s Canadian Front - 79%

bayern, October 11th, 2017

Chaos and anarchy rise out of revolt, usually… So I guess it’s no wonder why this entity rose out of the ashes of Revolt, a really cool bashing act with a penchant for less bridled Slayer-esque aggression, who released two demos in the mid/late-80’s before folding…

Well, not quite as this formation here carried on with their legacy, only under a modified stance, and for a very short while. Said stance is reflected in pretty cool progressive power/thrash which also shares some of the dark atmospherics of their compatriots Infernal Majesty. Some psychedelic quirkiness also sneaks in on “The Unknown Name” where the heavy brooding riffage blends with outstanding lead sections this unorthodox “marriage” supervised by a steady clean, mid-ranged baritone. “Doctor Suicide” is a consistent mid-paced marcher the stride mostly broken by flashes of lead-driven brilliance again, but watch out for the outbursts of proto-deathy dramatism in the second half where the vocalist unleashes a few really scary deathy shouts. “Searching Out” is a minimalistic oddity which spends half the time in ethereal bass-dominated semi-balladisms before stylish rifforamas take over later to elevate the dynamics to nearly headbanging proportions, the leads making another impressive showing towards the end.

“Reincarnation” is a nervy composition which is built on heavy stomping riffs with atmospheric interludes scattered around, the lead guitarist stitching things together all the way to the somewhat downbeat doomy epitaph. “Eternal Eclipse” is a surreal acid trip with strong Voivod-ish overtones the leads as outstanding as ever, making an early entry alongside the burpy bass with an airy crossover-ish flair further spicing the less ordinary proceedings which leave the bass player the only warrior for the last pirouette. “Choice” has no choice but to close the saga, and the band make sure it counts with eccentric jarring rifforamas, the guitars jumping up and down to a dizzying, maybe overdramatic, effect.

Regardless of the overall proficient execution this effort has a certain unfinished, jam session-like feel reflected in the short duration of the songs and the moments when just one instrument (the lead guitar, the bass) seems to take the upper hand with the intention on emphasizing on that particular musician’s skills. The guys had obviously been impressed by the achievements of their compatriots during the 80’s, and had decided to pay them a tribute by borrowing bits from here, pieces from there, but the resultant compilation, albeit charming and intriguing, doesn’t quite reach the higher models from which it had been derived.

Still, one can’t be too picky in the midst of the groovy 90’s, especially when a piece of classic metal art had been thrown his/her way, one that also had originality and style to survive even a sturdier 80’s test. All the flaws encountered could have been smoothed out on a second instalment, but such a possibility never opened before our friends here. The aggro/post-thrash “police” had already gotten a full grip on the scene, leaving no room for isolated “chaotic” acts of rebellion.