Sunday, 24 March 2013

Disperse - Living Mirrors (2013)

The second album from this Polish band.

Their debut album Journey Through the Hidden Gardens from 2010 was a nice mix of neo-prog and prog metal. That got them signed on the metal label Season Of Mist (Mayhem etc etc) and the band has taken a big step towards prog metal. Or djent as some call the type of music where the guitars is distorted while still playing the usual prog metal fare. Which Disperse is doing on this album.

I really liked their first album which was like a breathe of fresh air. They have gone slightly stale on this album though and they are running a pretty safe race on this album. Safe enough to please the prog metal/djent fans. And there are far more of them than neo-prog fans. There are still enough small details to keep this album pretty interesting though. My biggest gripe is the lack of any really great tracks here. Or even good tracks. There are some flashes of greatness inbetween the pretty safe, dull pieces of music.

The result is a pretty dull album which does next to nothing for me. I am afraid this band has lost me. Sorry.

2.5 points

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