Sculptured - _The Spear of the Lily is Aureoled_
(The End, 1998)
by: Brian Meloon (
Sculptured are from Washington, and play "progressive death metal". The music is light death metal, along the lines of Edge of Sanity, but more interesting and diverse. They have some touches of the In Flames style in places, but avoid the ruts that bands in that style frequently are mired in. The songs are frequently changing, so that while some parts may not be effective, they don't completely ruin the song. The band mixes together a good variety of styles, and include many unique elements. The most obvious of these are the trumpet solos, but there are numerous other passages which are original. The vocals are usually growled death vocals, with some distorted spoken vocals at times. The playing is solid, but the material isn't overly challenging. The production is okay, but does sound a little cheap. This is an impressive offering, and it shows lots of potential. With some maturity and development, these guys could be excellent.
(article published 6/7/1998)
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