Belgian Grown Below presents a fairly decent debut album of sludgy-yet-melodic (an oxymoron?) compositions, where long, clear-sung, emotionally-charged passages are interlaced with vitriolic, distortion-drenched attacks of heaviness and low-toned growls... you know the drill.
Naturally, this method of musical operation is one of the most obvious hallmarks attributed to the Russian label Solitude Productions and its satellite labels Bad Mood Man and Slow Burn Records, and their plethora of bands performing more or less the the exact same routine. The tight delivery of the songs can not overshadow the debatable quality or originality of the overall music. The professional execution of the songs, the atmosphere the music generates during its softer parts, the balance between the post rock and the post metal elements being displayed in a rather convincing manner, fail, most of the time, to hold at bay the abominable over-familiar winds blowing in the face of the listener, which eventually leads to a certain degree of desensitization. Oh, and the metalcore / deathcore innuendos do not help, either. (5/10)
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