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Nasson: Scars
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Nasson: Scars

Modern Heavy Metal

Once more we are introduced to Nasson Corbalán, the vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Chile. You might remember him recently from Chaos Magic's Furyborn, featuring fellow Chilean singer Caterina Nix and debut album from Sinner's Blood. He also has eponymous solo project known by his first name. Nasson returns with his third solo album, the first in 12 years, Scars. Wherein, on the cover he does his best impression of Geoff Tate (but with much more hair).

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Nasson Corbalán

Musically, Nasson doesn't venture far from his other project, particularly Sinner's Blood. The multi-talented artist, essentially, has one musical style on this album: modern heavy metal. Heavy metal characterized by assertive, often harsh, guitar riffs, an assertive rhythm section, a blanket of synths, and blistering guitar solos with all things wrapped in a d-tuned, dense, and bombastic wrapper. Moreover, and surprisingly, the songs are also wrapped in some solid rhythm and groove and, many times, Nasson's vocals can actually lift up the song melody. Otherwise, you (and your ears and brain) should prepared to be pummeled incessantly and consistently, in a good way, across this album. Actually, to my ears, the album seemed intentionally redundant with little difference between the songs. Sure, some songs trip you up at the start with some mellow piano and synth start, like Mother Moon or Bringer Of Sorrow, but both eventually turn heavy and bombastic.

Alternatively, Not Today offers a common compositional technique: the juxtaposition of heavy parts with softer vocal segues. On The Other Side is another song with a bit longer softer start, turns heavy at the half, then mellows, only to erupt into some Nasson screamo vocals. If there is something slightly different, it's When It Rains, a potential heavy ballad with an awesome ear shattering guitar solo. We Are The Army, with it's large vocal arrangement with multiple vocalist attempts something similar, but didn't have the same impact on me. (But his screamo vocals were ruthlessly over the top.) All said, if you enjoy what passes for modern melodic heavy metal, you will enjoy Nasson's bombastic and heavy modern slant within Scars. It's not my cup of java, but that's just personal taste in heavy metal. - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

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The Take Away

All said, if you enjoy what passes for modern melodic heavy metal, you will enjoy Nasson's bombastic and heavy modern slant within Scars.

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