Nothing Left for Tomorrow - _Nightbreed_
(Independent, 2010)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (4 out of 10)
I remember watching an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and he was talking about recording the vocals for Opeth's 2005 album _Ghost Reveries_. He was reflecting on listening to the sections with clean vocals after recording them and he said "it sounds like I can actually sing". Now there is a man who is so vocally capable and so modest about it. He is also a man that has produced some breathtaking vocal performances on at least three albums before this one. I find myself thinking about his comment as I listen to Nothing Left for Tomorrow's _Nightbreed_ but alas, not because the clean vocals featured therein remind me of Mr. Åkerfeldt's; it's quite the contrary, actually. The riffs and the drum lines on this album have their own appeal, but they need some outstanding selective hearing abilities to be distinguished from this vocal mess.

_Nightbreed_, by this London, Ontario group, does have a few bright ideas in terms of musicianship; the dynamic "Broken" and the death metal tinged "Morbid Curiosity" are a couple of examples that are worth a mention, but they have the same issue with the repulsive clean vocals. The very low growls on the aforementioned "Morbid Curiosity" and on "Depraved Desolation" give some signs of a vocal command, but even the excessively used high pitched screaming has some anomalies. Yet they are sadly not enough to mitigate this overpowering feeling that's making it harder to listen to this record again. This could have been a much more enjoyable thrash record if it weren't for the unfortunate abundance of these horrid clean vocals. I think my fourteen year old cousin could replace this band's vocalist quite effectively.


(article published 25/2/2011)

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