Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 10 November, 2014
Playing time: 49:32

This year, I've been listening to a couple of debut albums, sometimes just very randomly, though. The metal scene constantly grows and I feel great about being able to constantly listen to new music. This time, I put my hands on Spain's Distance' progressive metal debut "I".

There is lots of different and great influences mixed in Distance' music. On the progressive side, I hear a good amount of Textures when it comes to riffs and structures (even synthesizer melodies sometimes), while the vocals seem to be highly influenced by Killswitch Engage. The overall feeling is more on the modern melodic death metal side - Soilwork, I'd say.

With this mix and at least a bit of skill, I think it's pretty hard to fail as a band. And indeed, Distance' overall sound is decent. They have been able to blend different styles together nearly flawlessly on this record. On the other side, I also feel that the Spanish can improve a lot when it comes to songwriting. Their influences are really obvious, and it's not a bad thing at all to steal one or two things from one's favorite band - one just needs notion of how to make it sound great and original. I could name maybe one or two bands that have very distinct influences but sound amazing in their own way. As I am listening to "I", I sometimes have the feeling that I'm listening to Textures 2.0 with, by comparison, weak vocals. Well, not every singer can sound as amazing as Eric Kalsbeek or DaniŽl de Jongh, so I shouldn't be that rough on vocalist Morgan. Although he indeed sounds a bit dissonant at some point when he's trying too hard to reach higher notes ("Too Late"), he pulls off gutturals as well as clean vocals and sounds a lot more detailed and emotional than other fellows in the metal scene.

Overall, "I" is an acceptable debut, and I do believe that there is more great material to come from this band. Once the musicians will have found their own style, I have no doubts that they could make it big in the future. It was actually fun to listen to this record, and for example, I liked "Seeker Of Truth" (and that solo!) a lot. I will clearly keep an eye on Distance and see what the future brings for them.

01. Fragments
Open Wound
Chemical Trails
Too Late
05. Conception
Process Of Self-Destruction
Seeker Of Truth
Label: Mighty Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Cristina Somcutean
Date: 3 November, 2014
Website: www.distancemetal.com