Science. Physics. Metaphysics. Heavy Metal. Video Games. Yup. Canada's Third Ion returns with their second long-player in Biolith. This time around they have a new singer with Dave Padden from Canadian thrash brethren Annihilator.
I'll cut to the chase at the start and, after a quick scouring of social media, I'm in the minority here. I didn't like this album. 2015's 13/8 was a pleasing surprise, some solid melodic progressive metal. This one? Not so much. To my ears it sounded mostly cacophonous and chaotic. All I could hear were thrashy riffage, flailing drums, and endless tempo and time signature changes. I found no hooks to hang my listening ears upon. Melody seemed vacated. Harmony out the door. There is one exception. Corpus Solaris, the closing track is mostly video game music wonkery. Nope. Sorry. I'm just not interested at all.
I didn't like this album. 2015's 13/8 was a pleasing surprise, some solid melodic progressive metal. This one? Not so much.
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 ]