|Maybe Procession's second release isn't as great as you've been told.|
|From the first seconds, you’re plunged into it: Epic Doom. You have it all:
wailing vocals, dramatic riffs, dark groove, potent drumming, so much that it
sounds too much, almost a blueprint, a template designed for Doom academy
graduates. Now, sit at your desk and don’t crib from your schoolmate, I’m
watching you! |
This sophomore album of Chilean Procession has gathered an incredible amount of mad reviews, causing a dubious frenzy that regularly brought them excellent marks around the internet. Now, let’s keep a cool head: on ’Destroyers of the Faith’, Procession have lost a bit of their talent to write tight and chilling songs.
Perhaps following in the footsteps of Reverend Bizarre, the first full- length of Procession is as long as their previous EP. As the album’s title indicates, this effort is an obvious tribute to early '80s Metal (’Defenders of the Faith’, anyone?); a song like ‘Chants Of The Nameless’ displays a range of harmonies which can remind of the NWOBHM (that very track holds also the most swinging - and the best - riff of the album; the band is then so pleased with that little melodic pattern of theirs that it’s scattered all along the song).
All Procession’s songs bear tragic overtones, mournful feelings that, as I said, still encapsulate slight ‘80s Metal hints. The playing is strong, but the band can’t maintain a full intensity all along, though, and most of their tracks never really kick off and/or drag a bit, hesitating too long before skipping to the next one (e.g. track 3 is too long, track 5 is lame...). The singer does a good job and his ability to keep an impressive high note deserves respect, if not great excitement. Otherwise, you can’t honestly claim this is groundbreaking: the result is what you can expect from a Heavy Metal album; their Doom drenched in the spirit of old-school Metal bands is somewhat similar to The Gates Of Slumber’s. The riffs are very heavy and powerful. As a matter of fact, every song is truely meant to be played live, for they will undoubtly make crowds bang their heads and sing along all the choruses.
However, what I hear could be described as ‘generic’: something is missing in their compositions to make ’Destroyers of the Faith’ as great as ’The Cult Of Disease’ (because, don’t misunderstand me, I like their debut a lot and I think Procession are overflowing with potential). Even though nothing on this opus is badly executed, you may experience an annoying feeling of déjà-vu.
2. Destroyers of the Faith
3. The Road to the Gravegarden
4. Chants of the Nameless
5. Tomb of Doom
6. White Coffin
Duration : Approx. 46 minutes
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