Keitzer - The Last Defence review
|Album:||The Last Defence|
|Release date:||July 2014|
01. Bellum Indicere
02. Exist To Destroy
03. This Is The Only Solution
04. Forever War
05. Marching Forward To Victory
06. The Last Defence
07. Next Offensive
08. We Are The Serpents Of Doom
11. Glorious Dead
14. ...Before Annihilation
Now that, people, is what we call an album cover. Seriously, go give it a closer look and come back...
...Back? Good. Guess what? For once, the music almost matches the quality of the artwork.
Granted, Keitzer really don't start off on a great note with The Last Defence. This really is a "grower" of an album...Not that it will grow on you, but rather it grows from start to finish. The early and latter halves of this album sound like two separate bands attempting the same material. The first half is a cute little attempt at extreme metal; it's muddied, derivative and aimless. You can't quite tell if you're listening to some poorly produced deathcore, or some hardcore band attempting a black metal-grindcore fusion. Like a drunk trying to dig his dropped house keys out of the shrubs, Keitzer spend a few minutes feeling around for that sweet spot.
Then they hit it! The production gets some clarity, the song writing becomes well streamlined, direct and purposeful. A unique sound of their own begins to take shape; a black metal-injected Bolt Thrower with Trap Them's Ryan McKenney on vocals. By the end of the album, they really live up to these lofty comparisons. The growth in itself is a nice change. How often have you gotten a massive, proverbial - or literal, whatever floats your boat - boner for an album, only to have it fizzle out after 3 songs? In fact, I'd be willing to bet that happens with frustrating frequency. The Last Defence is the opposite of that.
Judging the quality of this album is far too difficult to assign a flat numerical score. On one hand, the weak opening almost begs you to switch to something else. On the other, The Last Defence progresses into what is arguably one of the best extreme metal releases this year.
||Written on 18.08.2014 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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