Title: Cycle Of RevengeLabel: Svart Records
have somewhat mellowed since their early
‘uncompromising’ death metal roots. Incorporating rock
‘n’ roll elements on 1994’s ‘Reflections’ was just
the beginning of a radical shift in the musical direction
the band was heading. Fast-forward over 20 years and this
latest release continues the bands progression into
psychedelic progressive rock.
title track gets things going and credit to the band; it’s
a hell of a way to start!! Meaty down tuned riffs layered
with infectious melodies/solos and low guttural vocals was
an assuring start! Sadly, it goes downhill after such a
promising beginning. ‘God is You’ and ‘Pangaea’
struggle to carry the album forward whilst ‘Fractured
Pieces’ drags on for what feels like an eternity. Fragments of the bands ‘death and roll’ elements are
still present in ‘Nature of Mankind’ but this does
little to inspire the direction the album is going. The
final three tracks head towards Pale Communion / Opeth
territories and fall flat of making up for the many
shortcomings that this record has.
‘Cycle of Revenge’ is a far cry from Convulse’s early days so die hard fans hoping for a trip down memory lane, prepare for grave disappointment.
Review by: Rob Herald
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