Self Exile

Release date: June 6th 2006
Sensory Records

Provided by: Intromental Management
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Website: www.wastefall.com
Style: Progressive Metal

Rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: June 7th 2006

One thing is for sure when you pick up a record from US based label Sensory Records - we are dealing with progressive metal. And in most cases very technical progressive metal and this album follows that trend.

Wastefall is a thrashy and aggressive affair, and the 10 songs on this album along with a short intro shows five very skilful musicians, who have created an atmospheric album which surely have its highs and lows.

I am not a big fan of the vocals on this album - he somehow bugs me, can't put a finger on why... but it really spoils much of the fun on this otherwise very interesting album. Because musically they have really created some very intriguing and exiting songs, just take a listen to songs like "Willow Man", "Strife for Definition" or the last three songs on the album. I do however think, that their attempt to create a gothic ballad "Sleepwalk" fails miserable, I skip that song every time... I don't like "Eternal Yearning Entities" either - it sound a bit too unorganized to me.

People, who count Pain of Salvation among their favourites should at least give Wastefall a listen, so should progressive metal fans, who don't mind a bit of aggressive parts as well as nice melodic pieces.

Recommended tracks: See above.