The Breathing Process - _In Waking: Divinity_
(Siege of Amida, 2008)
by: Jackie Smit (6 out of 10)
Anyone who has paid even a cursory level of attention to these hallowed pages would no doubt have noticed that I am not the world's biggest melodic death metal aficionado. And I'll be honest, I'm slowly but surely getting to the end of my tether with having to come up with fresh, creative ways to voice my disdain at having to sit through yet another two-bit imitation of _Slaughter of the Soul_. Nevertheless, even this style -- which by now is surely as worn out as Britney Spears' tabloid career -- hasn't been without its surprises, with the likes of Callendish Circle and the blistering new effort by The Absence instantly springing to mind.

The Breathing Process falls somewhere just beyond the middle of that equation. Their biggest selling point is the sheer, unadulterated ferociousness of their delivery; I'm talking about the sort of heaviness that will make the likes of Dying Fetus and Beneath the Massacre run scampering into the distance. A rock-solid production job and John Lafreniere's blistering vocal performance help add further spice to the proceedings. But ultimately, despite ambitions to be otherwise, this Massachusetts troupe fall into the trap of being just another meat-and-potatoes melo-death outfit far too frequently. Still, at the very least _In Waking: Divinity_ remains a valiant effort throughout, and certainly one for which the band deserve a fair few kudos, if simply for its promise of things to come.


(article published 3/2/2008)

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