Neaera - _Let the Tempest Come_
(Metal Blade, 2006)
by: Jackie Smit (6 out of 10)
With a lineage that stretches back to lesser-known German death / grind outfit Malzan, those who are unfamiliar with Neaera's 2004 debut, _The Rising Tide of Oblivion_, may find themselves slightly surprised that the end result is so... well, ordinary. True, songs like "Godforsaken Soil" and "The Crimson Void" may be slightly more extreme than your average melo-death band, but comparisons to hardcore and (what else) "the classic Swedish sound" in the bio should just about summarise everything this band is about. With a slightly more tangible hint of black metal than most, Neaera -- in true German style -- place a lot of emphasis on fist-in-the-air choruses and rousing beatdowns, frequently invoking comparisons to their former labelmates Scar Symmetry's latest effort. The only problem is that they seemingly possess only about half of the aforementioned act's talent, and so while _Let the Tempest Come_ may bear many of the earmarks of a solid modern metal release, it's highly likely that any semi-seasoned metaller will end up playing a game of spot-that-riff more often than, quite frankly, one should have to.


(article published 9/5/2006)

6/15/2009 J Smit 7.5 Neaera - Omnicide
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