Power of Metal.dk Review

Mekong Delta
In a Mirror Darkly
Style: Progressive Technical Thrash Metal
Release date: 28 April, 2014
Playing time: 46:28

I was very amazed and had a big admiration when I listened to their 1988 album "The Music of Erich Zahn".  The complexity of the songs, the technical skills, the use of classical music and this all in songs with good melodies. In my memory they were one of the first bands that implemented classical music in metal. With "The Principle of Doubt" and following albums they elaborated on that path and after their sabatical they returned in 2007 with "Lurking Fear" and continued their unique style. In the beginning the brain child of Ralf Hubert was a kind of mystery because the real names of the musicians were kept a secret. Meanwhile we know who are part of the band and today there is a totally different line-up, with Ralf as an exception.

On the new album you can expect the style you want to hear, what still makes the band Mekong Delta unique and different in the world called metal. Again all the known elements are there (although there are not many classical parts) and like on the previous album "Wanderer on the Edge of Time" Martin LeMar is responsable for the vocals. His voice sticks perfectly to the music, but like on other albums there are several instrumental tracks again. The songs on the new album need some time and more listening sessions to figure out, but after that the beauty of the music will be revealed. Certainly, the surprise from their first albums is gone and I don't think they will ever top those, but that has nothing to do with the songwriting.

The new album shows that Mekong Delta is still an exclusive band (project) that because of their complexity and variety perhaps never will be appreciated by the majority of the metal fans, but for those of you, who already know what they stand for and rated the band at its true value from starters, this is again an album you have to own.

01. Introduction
The Armageddon Machine
The Silver in Gods Eye
Inside the Outside of the Inside
Hindsight Bias
Mutant Messiah
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Distribution: Border Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 5 June, 2014
Website: www.mekongdelta.eu