I'm not sure Sweden's Lava Engine is as clever as they think they are or as the reviewers say they are. With their second EP In Limbo, Lava Engine (and their PR materials) suggest an affiliation with a profound company of artists including Porcupine Tree, Muse, Dream Theater, Opeth, Riverside, and Paradise Lost. (Oh yeah, there's some suggestion of emo here; I hate emo.) I'm not sure I'm willing to extend them that kinship.
Certainly, musicianship is not an issue here: this band is quite good. Yet, excepting the attractive and accessible Common Ground and the closing portions of Windows Closed, In Limbo is a dark and heavy piece of, sometimes, remarkable but predictable modern rock.
The funny thing is this: I liked it. While not necessarily the most inventive thing, I was struck by the layers of Muse-like atmosphere and Ronnie Jaldemark's interesting guitar work. Lava Engine's In Limbo is worthy of your attention and, possibly, a purchased download. Between their superb musicianship and modern context, I believe Lava Engine has a promising future.
Lava Engine's In Limbo is worthy of your attention and, possibly, a purchased download. Between their superb musicianship and modern context, I believe Lava Engine has a promising future.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]