"It says Fear Factory on the label, so I sent
it to you!" was the reply our editor-in-chief when I asked him how this CD ended
up in my mailbox. Fair enough.
Yeah, the promo letter does state that this is for fans of Meshuggah, Soilwork
and Fear Factory, that much is true, and I'd have to venture that it has to be
taken in that order. To me, this sounds more Meshuggah than Fear Factory, and
that's not necessarily a good thing when it lands on my desk.
Why? I've said this before; I'm in many ways a simple kind of guy. I like
complexity, but in reasonable measures. I like my metal to feel like a sledge
hammer that crushes your brain. I need straight-forward bits in my metal, just a
Neosis shares a quality with Meshuggah: instead of going straight for the kill
of that brain of mine, they try to tap it to pieces. It's technically fantastic,
but, by hell and all its demons, it stresses me out.
Interestingly enough, the also technically superb clean vocals by Tom Götz
remind me a lot of 80s rock - it's got a...Foreigner kind of ring to it. Think
of that what you may, but I like that.
I can only recommend this for those who enjoy slightly hectic and technically
excellent music. I need a bit more feeling and crush.