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Memory Driven : Animus

Memory Driven play a modernized version of classic Doom with elements of the Peaceville Three and dark Rock... and it's not convincing.

The only thing I knew about the band was Dennis Cornelius of Revelation and Place Of Skulls fame, so I had high hopes for this one. The band plays a modernized version of classic Doom with elements of the Peaceville Three and dark Rock.

The album starts with “Empty Gestures” and sets the musical direction for the album with its long melodic parts, short sections with riffs that range from heavy Doom to brutal industrial and wailing guitar solos. An interesting experiment indeed, but that’s the end of the good news about this album as from now on we can only hear a variation of the same structure in various speeds and lengths, garnished with one of flattest and most boring vocal performances I ever heard, although I must admit that “Black Light” is a good effort. After a few spins, just two songs stand out as highlights: “Black Light” and “Second Time Around”, but don’t expect much.

Obviously I didn’t like the album and it’s going to be a dust collector, but before you agree with me, remember that this is only my opinion, not gospel. So decide if I’m right or wrong by checking some samples on their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/memorydrivendoom.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Empty Gesture
2. Die to Breed
3. So It Seems
4. Ava's Song
5. These Aren't the Chords You're Looking For
6. A Tempt
7. Group Departure
8. Black Light 9. Unveiled
10. Second Time Around (hidden track)

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

Visit the Memory Driven bandpage.

Reviewed on 2012-03-01 by Dimitris Plastiras
Forever Autumn
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