Capharnaum - _Reality Only Fantasized_
by: Brian Meloon (
This is death metal from Connecticut. It's very well played, moderately but not overly melodic, and fairly technical, but it just falls short for me. They don't seem to have a good grasp of development: they'll begin to develop a section, and then quickly shift to a completely different style. This is particularly true for the solos (and their accompanying sections). Normally, frequently changing riffs don't bother me, but here it does, primarily because they begin to actually develop the music, and then stop. The guitar harmonies (both in leads and riffs) are good, but they aren't consistent about using them, seemingly throwing them in at random times. Some of the riffs are pretty complex and they have some good ideas, but they're just not organized properly. The production's fine -- except for the glitch towards the end of one of the songs -- and the playing is very tight. This is worth checking out, as with some maturity and attention to development, they could be excellent.
(article published 6/7/1998)
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