Final Tragedy - _Greed_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (5 out of 10)
Not sure what to make of this French progressive/atmospheric metal duo and their -long- song arrangements. Not to mention the fact that singer Delphine Cochand sounds like she was across the hall from the microphone when she was recording the vocals -- the songs have this very distant, hollow sound to them. While there are some nice sounds flowing within this eight-song, 49+ minute release, I'm sorry to say that I felt bored by the mid-mark. The reason being is that most of the songs revolve around the same style/pattern, soft passionate singing over tranquil/majestic guitar amongst a somewhat archaic/gothic overtone, thus making it really difficult for any real song to break out of this overused mold and shine in the spotlight. Not to say that Cochand or her partner (Jean-Luc Millet) can't make beautifully sculpted music -- they can -- it just seems as though their excess feel and flow of things really took away from the developing each song. Too much, too long and not enough character. Trying to pick out a memorable song from the bunch here is difficult and I think the best advice I can offer would be to tack on a bit more substance to the songs, bring them up from the melancholy drudgery they are wallowing in and add some colour and break out of this blandness. The promising moments on _Greed_ come only in small patches.


(article published 12/4/2002)

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