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This album should be more popular - 90%

MikeyC, February 12th, 2007

It’s always amazing at how a band like Gorod can release an excellent album like “Leading Vision”, and have it barely noticed. Then there are bands like Trivium, continuously vomiting out more and more garbage that the mainstream gobble up with glee. It’s not to say that Trivium (or bands similar) aren’t talented musicians, but they appear to be making music to get well noticed/popular more so than for catchy music.

“Leading Vision” is one of those albums that should be better known.

For starters, the music itself is a little different from regular death metal releases. They experimented slightly with different sounds. Take the track “Thirst For Power” as an example. It starts off with standard death metal/thrash music, then once the vocals come in, the guitars goes off on a higher note, and suddenly the music has that unique edge to it. Then at :55, there’s an unusual groove pattern for a few seconds. Straight after, it goes back to a lower sound, back to the standard death metal sound. This basically summarizes the whole album. It’s definitely death metal, but it has the occasional riff or groove that will catch you unawares.

Something else that’s different here, and that more albums should implement, is that the lyrics have a back story. A concept album, if you like. The “story” can be found in the CD booklet. Not in the same form as Fear Factory’s “Obsolete”, but it’s a similar idea. This gives the album some form of continuity to it. The outro to the last track, “Hidden Genocide”, make the album, or story, feel complete. It’s almost like an “everthing’s going to be alright” feeling. Wonderful stuff.

All instruments are played well, but the production makes it feel raw, a little underdone, if that’s the correct wording. Not that this is a bad thing, by any means. Most of the riffs are very catchy. Some memorable sections are:

1. The instrumental section on “Here De Your Gods” from 1:58. It caught me by surprise and made the song infinitely better. The solo is a nice addition as well.

2. Right at the very end of “Life Controller”, where the riff breaks down, and then sounds like it’s coming from an old radio. It only lasts about 3 seconds, but excellent, excellent stuff! I know it’s not a riff as such, but it’s damn good, and is a good lead-in to “Edaenia 2312”

3. From 1:05 on “Obsequium Minaris”, where the riff flows directly into something else. The bass drum work is superb, and is the highlight of that section. Awesome.

Of course, this is just three instances. There are many more, including the whole of “Hidden Genocide”, which sounds like a jazz shuffle death metal track. The entire album is littered with gold.

One minor flaw, I guess, is the vocals. He tends to do the same thing, and a lot of the words are mumbled, or not spoken clear enough for the word to be understood, even while following the lyrics. But, I’m nitpicking, and I’ve grown used to them now, so it’s okay.

This is a release that death metal fans should have. It’s better than the average, and that’s probably why not many people know about it. The back story is worth the CD price alone!

Best tracks: Life Controller, Obsequium Minaris, Hidden Genocide