Release DetailsLABEL Black Lotus
RELEASED ON 2/20/2004
On Thorns I Lay
posted on 4/2004 By:
The so-called melancholic metal seems to be jumping into bigger water these days, with bands like Katatonia and Rapture leading the way. Fast on their heals is On Thorns I Lay hailing from Greece. With the release of Egocentric marking the band's sixth release, they have released what I believe to be a pretty sub-par, at best, album.
Now where Katatonia and Rapture stand strong, this band falls short. The songs flow along at a very mid-paced rate throughout the album. Combining a soft, yet slightly heavy guitar driven sound, each song seems to just fall flat as far as grabbing the listener goes. Sure, you can occasionally point out a few standout points, but there is hardly anything to really get excited about musically. In fact, there are even a couple riffs that would fit nicely on a nu-metal release. However, most are comprised of earlier Katatonia rip-offs, and some boring clean/acoustic music. Now, I know many of the bands in this style of music are not about wowing you musically, but more about songs as a whole, with a strong frontman and solid backing music (i.e. Katatonia). Now, not only has On Thorns I Lay failed to deliver with their music, their singer, Minas, is nothing short of depressingly boring and bland. His voice comes off as a tad annoying, I wish I could come up with a worthy comparison to describe it, but I have exhausted all efforts and cannot. Now, much like the music, there are parts that can shine through as far as his voice goes, but overall, everything falls very short of being worthy of your time.
You can add Egocentric to that long list of albums completely not worth your time. Maybe if the music was half worth checking out I might be able to see myself recommending this despite not liking the vocals much, but even that does pretty much nothing for me. I have to say that in all honesty, I say completely skip this release and look elsewhere for even some halfway decent music.
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