SYMBOLIK – Emergence
- by ER
- Posted on 29-04-2020
There is no question that Chris Blackburn (vocals), Taylor Whitney (guitars), Allen Burton (lead guitars), Daniel Juarez (bass), Brandon "Billy The Kid" Clevenstine (drums, samples) do a superb job each in his own profession on these 10 tracks of "Emergence". Their brand of Cradle Of Filth/The Black Dahlia Murder by way of Soilwork technical wizzardry is impressive, but there is literally one track that has something unique and fresh on offer, the opener, "The Augury Of The Ancients", and yes, it does sound like their labelmates, Augury. The rest is cut off from the same cloth – lots of signature changes, copious amounts of melody bursting forth in torrents so that none of them stands out or stays in, change into a more peaceful territory, sometimes more brutal riff or change of pace, next. The whole album is like this and at the end of it you don’t remember a single riff, melody or a vocal hook. The best comparison is Arsis’ debut "A Celebration Of Guilt", what I often call metal for metal’s sake.
Perhaps "Emergence" is my cue to start being more selective and start excercising more scrutiny when considering dowloads from this stable, from now on. Today I award 4 points – for craft and not the substance – but if that is what The Artisan Era continue to offer, this kind of soulless, over the top, highly technical overkill, with compositions which aren’t allowed to breathe, I won’t continue to take the time to listen, download, or review it.