Ledel - _Behind Inside Unexpected_
(Grupo Premiato Musicattiva, 1997)
by: Brian Meloon (8 out of 10)
This is Ledel's first MCD, following on the heels of their demo "The New Case" [see CoC #23]. It features one of the songs from that demo, plus two new songs in a similar style. Their sound is difficult to categorize; it isn't really metal, but it does contain metallic elements. They play styles ranging from latin dance to jazz to "space rock" to dissonant metal. What I like the most about their style is that they're very confident. They are willing to take risks in developing their songs, instead of sticking to what's comfortable and predictable. They're also incredibly good at weaving a sonic tapestry entirely without the aid of keyboards. All of the sound effects are done on guitar synths (similar to Pestilence's "Spheres", only much more advanced). In that respect, I haven't heard anything as impressive as these guys. The production is cleaner than on their demo, and that causes a problem, since the guitar tone isn't very good in places. It has kind of a weak, tinny distortion, sort of like how it would sound if you poked a hole in a speaker. Their lineup features a full-time percussionist, who adds to their dense sound. The music is typically complex, with usually a few things going on at the same time. The playing is good, although there are a few spots where they're a little loose. The songs can get a little repetitive at times, but, eventually, they move on and take the song somewhere. In any case, this is a refreshing, unique vision from a confident band, and well worth a listen for those wanting something different.

Contact: slayer@dei.unipd.it (Maurizio)

(article published 7/6/1998)

8/12/1997 B Meloon 5 Ledel - The New Case
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