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FAR FROM MIND "Breakpoint '33"

http://kronosmortus.hu

Hmm, sometimes names may be deceptive. Based on More Hates name, I expected something rawer, darker genre but what this Russian two-piece offers here in this more than one hour record, is far from the fields of both Black and Death Metal. Okay, the use of BMish vocals does not give any raw edge to the music. I have to note that it does not make any sense to force this kind of vocals at this genre (its also an effect of the trend...), because it makes things worse. At least, in my personal opinion. Nevertheless, this band, so far totally unknown to me, have released a lot of stuff (http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=3540288841), and theyve been around since more than 10 years. Well, that can be heard on the production and musical skills. They play a sort of modern, bittersweet Metal, but, contrary to metal archives, I wouldnt call this gothic Metal. I rather feel a sort of alternative touch to the whole, but mainly atmosphere-wise. We can mainly hear ideas dressed in a warm, thick production which sounds good in its own genre though Im not the biggest expert and fan of that. They blend several styles in their songs, but somehow I do not feel they form a perfect, compact unity. Moreover, these 77 minutes is a bit too much for me in the long run, especially the vocals. The female vocals popping up here and there would have been better I think. Open Metal fans can have a try though, who nows...

http://kronosmortus.hu/node/19076


FAR FROM MIND "Breakpoint '33"

http://www.metal-observer.com/

FAR FROM MIND is a two piece project from Russia, with someone with the pseudonym Dirty Scoundrel taking care of all of the instrumentation and drum programming, and a fellow by the name of Tim taking care of the lyrical and vocal duties. Their Myspace describes them as a band that is willing to explore a myriad of styles, like Prog Rock, Psychedelic Metal and Industrial Metal, amongst others, and then the band further metamorphosed to include some Gothic Rock/ Metal into their sound. From what Im getting, Breakpoint 33 is a compilation of two separate albums that were released simultaneously (33: The Night Album & 33: The Light Album) back in 2008. Their new label (More Hate Production) decided to package the two as one and released it as Breakpoint 33. The music contained on Breakpoint 33 is essentially Modern Metal (groovy, mostly mid-tempo and quasi-melodic), mixed in with plenty of Gothic and some Industrial elements. To be completely honest, at first, this mix sounded like being far too much like most of the more trendy Metal out there. The band generally uses simple riffs with a good amount of groove and a driving bass line with some keyboards in order to add in some texture. Im not faulting that approach, but at first I had a problem with the album: the length of the songs. Out of the ten songs, only three are under five and a half minutes long, and the rest of the album consists of songs that are at least six and a half minutes. This wouldnt be a problem if the songs were well constructed and werent static in tempo/ groove, but the songs generally had a small number of riffs for their length, and the tempo rarely fluctuated. Then, either by the music finally clicking or by me convincing myself that what I was listening to was actually well written; I succumbed to what FAR FROM MIND was trying to achieve. By using repetition, the riffs were able to burrow themselves into my brain, and the use of keyboards and electronic samples was what created the changes of mood and feeling as the songs went on. Instead of viewing the songs as being repetitive, they started being hypnotic, and in turn the album started becoming far more enjoyable. The latter half of Breakpoint 33 is far more enjoyable than the first half. It is a lot more melodic than the beginning of the album. Its almost like the first half of the album just goes unimpressively, but then there is an explosion of melody once Night Of The Soul hits. Its an enjoyable album, if a tad inconsistent. Half of this is on their Myspace page. Check it out.

http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=16593


FAR FROM MIND "Breakpoint '33"

http://deadshop.info

Wow! Acquainted persons, he-he I still remember this band from Krasnodar ( Russia ), with their industrial metal. Many years I hear nothing from them, and now I got this CD from their label for review Well, first of all, I see huge development in FFM's music, means music becomes more metal oriented (but with those main layer - industrial) As press-release says, this is modern dark metal, well, I'm agree this is modern metal, but not dark at all, right would be say psychedelic modern metal. The whole album is made with use of such mid-tempo melodies, strong rocking rhythm-guitar parts (together with solo guitar), as well with such groovy tunes here and there, and with scream vocals. Then music is not sounds fresh since such kind of music was played by tons of bands, so we'll not speak about original or fresh ideas here. Nevertheless (for me personally) this album seems little boring, since whole paying time sounds bit same so to say And this is hard listen Breakpoint 33 till the end maybe it'll be good music for those who like such kind of music (modern industrial) Then about record-quality, here's really good one, tight and clear, so no any ex-USSR smells, he-he Thus we have psychedelic modern metal from Russia , if you are into such sounds try this, if no, read next reviews All in all 10 tracks are waiting here for you. Not my taste, but made professional.

http://deadshop.info/reviews/FAR_FROM_MIND.htm

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