Japanese death-thrash bands are not so common on these shores. Not the ones that combine it with mid-nineties 90’s techno, anyway.
The inspiration for this quirky looking sextet can be found in bands like In Flames and Mnemic as well as shitloads of rave-friendly machine sounds.
‘Mozaiq’ holds undeniable qualities in as much as everything is well-played. The irony of it all is that the ‘modern’ sounds of the techno elements make the whole thing sound oddly old-fashioned. I constantly get the feeling that this band is ten years behind and that everything here is heard before.
The most obvious set-back of the album is the weakness of the clean vocals, whereas the brutal voice is acceptable. It is quite telling of the album that the best song here is the instrumental Peacemaker…
In 1996, this album would have moved the planet alongside The Prodigy. Now it’s just ok and nothing more.