Rating:
7.0
Votum - Metafiction
November 2009


01. Falling Dream
02. Glassy Essence
03. Home
04. Faces
05. Stranger Than Fiction
06. Indifferent
07. December 20th


Castrated metal - thy name is Votum.

Making super-melodic metal seems like an incredibly difficult task these days, finding a balance between delicate beauty and being actually metal. Votum manage to pull this balance off really well...at least for the first few songs. The expansive soundscapes set a fantastic backdrop for this epic sounding prog album, cram-packed full of sweeping, sorrowful melodies. This is another band that seems to know the value of infectious songwriting above pointless displays of virtuosity - that's not to say the musicians aren't quite remarkable. All showy displays of musicianship are done with taste, not self-loving arrogance. Basically picture a more electric sounding version of Opeth's Damnation, throw in a taste or two of some hardcore-ish type vocals, and you've got Metafiction .

What starts off as a pretty powerful album, eventually comes off as dramatic whining by the end due to total lack of variation. The songs are actually quite good standing on their own, but sitting through a 45 minute album, consisting almost entirely of 5+ minute songs is extremely trying, especially considering how much each song blends into one another, sounding basically the same. The attempts at variation tend to make the album worse, ironically. A few aggressive moments rear their head, but not long, or frequently enough for a truly enjoyable ride, they seem to merely highlight how tame the rest of the album is, really cruel teasing in a way.

Is the music good? Yes. Is the album good? Not really. Small doses are fantastic, but as a whole, Metafiction is a bit too long for it's own good.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 8
Production: 8


 



Written on 15.08.2010 by
Doc Godin
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vezzy - 15.08.2010 at 13:49  
What's with the sudden review bombardment?
Heh, doesn't sound very promising, but I'll see.
Ivor - 15.08.2010 at 19:20  
As far as I remember, Votum is a decent thing. It's probably part of the Polish wave of Riverside kind of prog bands, that try to employ similar atmosphere but lack in overall compositional skills, I think. There aren't many that pull it off.

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Edmund Fogg - 15.08.2010 at 20:55  
The review is interesting but I gotta say they reaaly didn't appeal to me.I don't know why.They are great muscian but I just can't connect with the songs
Doc Godin - 16.08.2010 at 08:55  
Written by vezzy on 15.08.2010 at 13:49

What's with the sudden review bombardment?
Heh, doesn't sound very promising, but I'll see.

I wrote 3 reviews, then lost my internet then went on vacation before I could post them, so I posted all 3 at once when I returned.

The album isn't really bad, it's just kind of weak all around.
Merchant of Doom - 16.08.2010 at 16:12  
This is so bad it's almost funny...
Jeeers - 16.08.2010 at 17:30  
Boooooooooooooooooooring!!
qlacs - 16.08.2010 at 21:36  
Totally agree
Guardian - 11.02.2013 at 22:10  
For the fans of Silent Hill! Same ambient-heavy music with similiar riffs, solos and lots of ballads. Even the lyrics are some horror story about murderer or smth. At least in the debut album, that is.
DreamWeaver - 10.05.2013 at 11:51  
This is the only Votum album I haven't listened to. However, the other 2 are very good imo, and I wouldn't compare them to Riverside, I think they sound more like Wolverine.

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