Album Review by Metallic Rose – May 5, 2015
Progressive to the core! Italy’s Subliminal Fear’s 3rd album Escape From Leviathan is a spectacular masterpiece of extreme melodic metal. With the original band members returning for this project, the blend of djent guitars, synthesized melodies, and layered vocal tracks shows tremendous growth from the earlier recordings.
Subliminal Fear’s members Carmine Cristallo (Vocals), Matteo De Bellis (Vocals), Rino Lanotte (Drums), Alessio Morella (Bass), and Doddo Murgolo (Guitars) created ten tracks ranging from hard/heavy speed to multi-layered symphonic. Along with guest artists Botys Beezart (Godyva) arranging keyboards and fellow vocalists Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic), Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane), Jon Howard (Threat Signal) adding additional vocal layers, the blending between electronic and vocal melodies are superb!
Every track is excellent and I dare say this will probably be in my top 10 albums for the year. From the opening of Phantoms or Drones your senses will experience each note and you will be hooked. The electronic/vocal melodies start from the first track and do not let up; however, each song brings yet another element. The title track Escape From Leviathan has symphonic, powerful vocals that actually gave me chills at one point.
Evilution (with Jon Howard) is awesome! Fast-heavy with layer, upon layer of vocals and melodies, an assault on the senses. At first listen one word came to mind WOW. One of the biggest surprises is the cover of 80s Nu-wave band Talk Talk’s Living in Another World. This version is a powerful heavier version and though I wouldn’t expect this to work…it does fantastically!
Limitless has a nu-metal sound, heavy on the symphonic s and keyboards with contrasting vocals. The final track, The Disease is Human Emotion is a perfect closure to the album with spoken vocals, a futuristic sound and haunting back-melodies.
Subliminal Fear has delivered a masterpiece in Escape From Leviathan.
- Phantoms or Drones
- All Meanings They’ve Torn
- Escape From Leviathan
- Living in Another World
- Dark Star Renaissance
- Self-Proclaimed Gods
- The Disease is Human Emotion
Time: 49 minutes
Release Date: May 13, 2016
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