When a label or promotion company sends you the promo material
for a release, they are determined to put a label that everyone understands on
the music. This makes it easier to marked and therefore it is fairly important.
Some have of course given up and take pride in claiming that they cannot be
labelled. Which of course is nonsense, because you can label anything if you
really want to.
Anyway, what I'm working towards telling you here is that you sometimes wonder
if the people who write the promotional material have listened to the music they
Take German In Slumber. The promo sheet clearly states that this is melodic
death metal. I agree to the extent that there are melodic solos and a few
harmonies. Other than that, we're further into deathcore territory than we are
in Gothenburg. Due to the vocal of Wolfgang and the general use of breakdowns
and blastbeat drumming throughout the album, the whole thing smells far more of
Heaven Shall Burn and Maroon than In Flames.
If you approach it as such, this is indeed a decent album with tons of great
riffs. What fails in my view are the two or three magic songs that pull the
entire album above the level of all the rest of the scene. They are simply not
there, and that leaves In Slumber in a position just below the greats.
Good album, a good band, but still some way to go in terms of songwriting.