posted on 1/2007 By:
I suppose one can’t complain about the execution of Bedtime Prayers, but the originality leaves much to be desired. Like Tim Pigeon stated in his review of their previous release Divine, this is “a slab of up-tempo, by-the-book Gothenburg metal, borrowing heavily from the In Flames-school of melodic death.” In addition to those Swedes, Blinded Colony also parallel fellow countrymen such as Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted, and others. And what’s more, it’s not surprising that BC have found a home on Pivotal Rockordings since the label’s debut from Sonic Syndicate is in the exact same vein.
Again, if innovation isn’t considered, then Bedtime Prayers is actually a rousing set of well-written, well-played songs. Still, it’s difficult not to continually return to the In Flames/Soilwork comparisons during numbers like “My Halo”, “Bedtime Prayers” ,and “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. Furthermore, sections of “Need” and “Revelation, Now” remind me of The Haunted. Essentially, however, this style’s been done to death – pardon the unintentional pun – and I don’t think Blinded Colony have improved upon the formula in any way, even if they are excellent at mirroring the forbearers.
There’s really not much else to say. Every component of BP, and BC for that matter, is above average – the melodies, harmonies, clean vocals, growls, and instrumental performances. Nonetheless, it’s tough to get excited about an album that sounds uncannily similar to ones I’ve heard before, years ago. Also, 35 minutes is just shy of what I’d consider optimal length for a long-player.
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