Los Sin Nombre
Blind Leading Blind
posted on 5/2010 By:
The little background info available on this group of Swedes suggests it has its origins in an Entombed cover band. One would never know this otherwise, because the music itself owes as much to the brand of modern melodic death its countrymen helped found as American deathcore does to Suffocation. In Flames, Soilwork and The Haunted are apt comparisons.
Despite the modern crunch of the dual guitar work and the penchant for repetitive choruses, there is a grit on this debut one wouldn’t necessarily expect from a band that owes so much of its sound to a genre that has become increasingly sappy. Perhaps it is the minimal use of clean vocals or the tasteful ripping leads, but Blind Leading Blind will put a smile on the faces of disenchanted fans of melodic death. Those who cried foul right around The Haunted’s The Dead Eye would do well to guide their ears toward Los Sin Nombre.
As charming as it is to hear this sound done well, there’s really not much you can sink your teeth into over extended listens. Registering over 40 minutes of meat-and-potatoes, mid-era Soilwork-influenced metal, Blind Leading Blind is too long. Some of this material should have found its way onto an EP. After all, a total of four demos were released prior to this full-length debut--these guys are anything but inactive. Slice this down to eight or nine songs while knocking off the unnecessarily long album closer “Wounds” and the grating “Enemy,” and you have got a damn solid record.
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