SVN.SEEKER – Mean To An End
- by ER
- Posted on 24-02-2021
Of the 5 tracks, 4 actual songs plus the somewhat superflous intro/instrumental (are they ever necessary?), the favorite "Seeking My Own Sun" (so "sun seeker" with a "v" a’la BEHEMOTH?) sounds the most fully developed with a very melodic distinct chorus all of which recalling the now sadly defunct ENFORSAKEN, so, with it, naturally the latter DEATH. Nikita’s vocals, riff stylings and the rough mix bring ARSIS and THE BLACK DAHLIA as well as the more extreme side of MY DYING BRIDE to mind in "Pilfered" but the biggest surprise is the "Terrible Certainty" KREATORic "Death Of A Judge" with vocal phrasing, too, resembling Miland "Mille" Petrozza, while the title track waxes progressive somewhere between OMNIUM GATHERUM and latter CARCASS with MACHINE HEAD’s "Now I Lay Thee Down" riffing, while Mr. Lembo "walks" his Steven "Steve" Di Giorgio-like bass lines like it’s 1993 and "Individual Thought Patterns".
"Means To An End" is a little messy, lots of melody sometimes repulses the extremity while the transitions seem too sudden, too quick and not always called for and this tends to happen more in the longer tracks. Moreover, this record is not overly original, but then again, it is their debut so that’s expected. However, these Connecticuters write interesting riffs and melodies, know their instruments and they seem to have the potential to one day stand right next to ARSIS or OMNIUM GATHERUM. Recommended for seekers of the "where melodeath goes next" path.