One of the biggest and strongest contributors to the European
Progressive Metal scene is finally back with their first album in a
very long time. Mekong Delta had their hay-days back when
progressive metal was almost non-existent with amazing albums like;
"The Principle of Doubt", "Dances of Death" and my personal
favourite "The Music of Erich Zann".
has always had a very strong connection to classical music, and
their interpretations of classical tunes are what give them an edge
over much of the competition. Their style has thankfully not changed
one bit, and the musical structures of early days are easily
recognizable in the new songs.
One thing that has always been bugging me was the rather thin
sounding guitars of most of the albums, a thing they have kept on
'Lurking Fear'. Off course it's always been an important part of
their signature and style, so it's natural that they've kept it.
Complex, intense and very technical songs is still the name of the
game, and if you've enjoyed their earlier albums, then you'll be
drawn into the old universe straight away. Sure they've updated
their sound and there is room for some new influences, but basics
stay the same.
'Lurking Fear' can best be described as a fusion of everything
they've made before with some modern influences, and they still
excel in the classical influenced songs. The technical level is
still very high, and there will always be a little niche for special
bands like Mekong Delta.
A fine comeback album, which surely will make lot's of old fans
happy. Not the outstanding and timeless piece of metal some might
had hoped for, but still a very respectable album.