Disease Illusion - Backworld
Reviewer: Mohammad 'Fredd' Farid - 2012-09-04
Highlights: I couldn't pick a highlight
If you think the world has enough melodic death metal, stop reading and skip this album entirely. If you don't, this album should be for you.
Backworld is the the debut full-length by the promising Italian combo Disease Illusion. Its style is Gothenburg melodic death metal, clearly influenced by the likes of Dark Tranquillity.
Now, here we go. On the first listen I noticed decent musicmanship, slick production and band members who definitely knew what they were doing. This album has the feel of a Dark Tranquillity album, with above average guitar-driven melody, crisp vocals and relentless drumming. The vocals on this album are exceptionally better than average, both harsh and clean. Production is also notably good, more so for a debut. And overall, none of the usual silly mistakes that most other start up bands make.
On subsequent listens, I started to find this album repetitive, to find that there is nothing new in there. I started thinking "why don't I listen to Dark Tranquillity instead?" after losing interest by the 5th or 6th track. What we have here is one of those "good" "generic" albums that you'd listen to once, like, and never feel inclined to listen to again. Every technical aspect on this album is nicely excuted, but the music brings nothing new to the table. This band has potential, enough to produce a classic, but they chose instead to walk the easy road, to be just another clone band. A
misplacement of talent.
I know I'm being a bit harsh, this being a debut album and all, but I truly hope that their next release would be more original and experimental. This is one promising band.
In a nutshell, this is a pretty decent yet generic album. Highly recommended only if you're the kind of metalhead who needs a fresh dose of melodeath daily.