I know that I’m a bit too late with this review, since the material was released almost a year ago, but better late than never, right?! What we have here is a Danish (Copenhagen) act Black Saccubi, a band that was founded in 2005, as a studio project of two friends and experienced musicians of Iron Fire, Star Rats, Sons Of Tomorrow etc.
Following the release of their debut EP, and some line-up changes, they finally released their self-titled debut in 2008. Almost five years later arrives this follow-up 13-tracker opus entitled Eye Of The Beholder. Judging alone from the band’ moniker and album title – one would maybe think that we are dealing here with some kind of Black or Death metal, but it is as far away from truth as you can possibly come. On the contrary, this album is very melodic and almost radio-friendly rock. In other words, Eye Of The Beholder is a gathering of great melodic rock tunes with powerful and heavy riffs, catchy guitars, rumbling bass, thundering drums and convincing vocals. To times he gets a bit support from the additional female vocals, best exemplified on a track called “Time For Goodbyes”.
The overall musical direction is a mix of traditional, power and thrash metal. The production is superb, while the cover art (although beautiful and full of significance) doesn’t really reflects the musical content of this record. I wouldn’t say that I’m impressed or blown-away by this opus, although it certainly has some qualities. The main problem, as I see it, is the fact that all songs sound more or less the same, without much necessary diversity. It is a decent piece of music, but nothing out of extraordinary as I feel like have heard it all before. Recommended for die-hard AOR fans!
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