Belgian melodeath with progressive elements and a twist of core – That’s how the label describes the music style of the band. After a demo in 2010 and a mini CD in 2013, this is the band’s first full-length.
After an intro, heavy riffs combined with fast drumming and melodic guitar pieces are the main ingredients of “Chains Of Solitude”. Besides the harsh/grunting vocals there is also a piece with clean vocals. A lot of tracks have the same formula: fast melodic death with breakdowns and melody. The third track opens with fast drumming in metalcore style and then turns to midtempo to speed up again further on. After a few tracks I thought that I heard it all, but fortunately the song “Alone” started. The album certainly needed this track, just for variety. It is a soft song with clean vocals fro Guy Vercruysse. I was surprised that he also could sing this way. After that they return to their melodeath/core/progressive style like on the first songs.
The album has a good production done by Jochem Jacobs. After listening to the album I have to agree that melodeath with core influences is a good way to describe the style. I also understand what the band means by the term progressive, but progressive is perhaps a too big word. I think the music on the album deserves a rating of 7,5 devils, 8 devils is a bit too much, that’s why you see 7 devils above.
02. Chains of Solitude
03. My Agony
04. Only Darkness Is Real
08. Heaven Turns Black
11. The Fire’s Burning
Playing time: 41:00
Release date: 11 November, 2015
Label: Mighty Music