Gnosis - _Tribal Metal_
(Independent, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (5 out of 10)
A bizarre sounding metal record at that, Gnosis play metal music with a real feel of in-depth cultural sounds and sharp contrast of ideas marked by powerful riffs and rough, but clear, vocals. This five-song outing explores a melodic, yet aggressive, display of metal wielding that showcases sincere shades of progressive metal as well. The ideas and musicianship are there for the most part, it's just the mediocre vocals supporting the music are the ideas here that lack some push. And the production is rather weak, too. I dunno, it's good here for the most part, but it seems as though the whole idea of mixing culture and metal (i.e., _Roots_ by Sepultura) has influenced this band to strive to do something unique. It works for the most part, as the soft interludes are nice, but in the end there is no real longing to hear this over and over. Adequate.

Contact: Pahkneetah Management

(article published 1/9/1998)

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