Ledel - _The New Case_
by: Brian Meloon (5 out of 5)
While these guys may not be primarily a metal band, their music does contain enough metal to admit their inclusion in these digitized pages. This is an instrumental demo from a five-piece with two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, and a percussionist. They don't use keyboards, but they do an excellent job of creating similar effects via the use of guitar signal processors. The music is very diverse, from dissonant heavy stuff (a la Voivod), to atmospheric sections, to jazzy sections (a la Endaymynion, Candiria, Cynic), to quirky/goofy riffs (a la Lethargy), to intricate, technical thrash. The songs are in free-form structure, with some repeated parts, but mostly through composed. Some of the transitions between sections are a little less than smooth, but most of the time, they are excellent. The music is often very dense, with technical, busy playing (especially the interplay between their drummer and percussionist), and/or layered rhythmic and melodic ideas. The playing is great from all involved, and other than the funky 70s guitar tone in "Landscape", the tones are fine. The production is great as well, with all of the instruments coming through clearly and distinctly. This is an impressive offering from a band with a unique vision of what they want to sound like and the courage and knowledge to create it. I highly recommand that fans of technical, and unique jazzy stuff check this out.

Contact: Marco Gerardi, Via Fondamenta, 12, 30031 Dolo (VE), ITALY

(article published 12/8/1997)

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