Without Face - _Deep Inside_
(Dark Symphonies, 2001)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Mixing male and female vocals is hardly a novel thing to do these days, but Without Face try to give that formula a different twist by inserting thrash where death metal would have normally been used. These Hungarians have a female vocalist who will sound (and look) like an angel to many of you, but some of her duets with the male vocalist tend to come across as rather disjointed. On her own she does very well, however, and Without Face also alternate the female vocals with thrashy rasps for a somewhat better, if slightly odd, result than the clean vocal duets. Their synth-enhanced instrumental section also reflects this duality, by shifting between somewhat progressive lightweight doom and thrash sections. The whole thing fails to come across as particularly engaging, however; Without Face are competent musicians and may have plenty of potential, but at this point in time they don't really excel at any of the styles they are trying to mix during this 35 minute debut album. Since apparently this material was recorded back in 2000, I'm left wondering how the band has progressed since then -- they do appear to have some potential, so perhaps their next release will be above average.
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