Somehow the albums I have been asked to review have gone from being noisy punk and hardcore to experimental/progressive metal (and for some reason all suddenly containing 9 tracks…) 100 Years aren’t easy to categorise, but certainly sit somewhere amongst the latter.
Straight up, there is one thing that does make me lose interest in this album. It doesn’t feel like there is enough variety in the sound, and things seem to pan out a little too slowly making 100 Years feel like a bit more of a drag. Albeit, there are some more energetic and interesting moments, such as with the song All Grey, which contains more constructive vocals and a greater focus on the guitar riffs, but this may only be a more welcome change following on from Incendie, which is a slower instrumental piece that, to me, feels like it is building up into something that turns out to be nothing, and then the song fades out.
There are a lot of different elements of hard rock and metal being thrown around in 100 Years; there is a lot of aggressive guitar work and consistent growling vocals, with sections of electronics adding lighter tones here and there. This seems to be where a lot of depth goes into the album, adding multiple styles from industrial to prog rock. However, I feel the work this does tends to be lost where melodies can seem otherwise underwhelming or overused in certain songs.
Not to say the album is bad; there is a lot going on here and plenty of elements in each song to latch your concentration on to, and there are definitely moments that I enjoyed listening to, such as the music for All The Fools And Me, which deals out a solid drum beat, an awesome bass line and some satisfyingly jagged guitars creating a fantastic atmosphere. There is a vast shift in depth ranging from sludgey, metal rhythms to the more atmospheric and carefully crafted.
If you are an avid fan of bigger, longer songs, then this may be more to your taste. For the most part, 100 Years does sit comfortably within most European Metal releases of the late 90s and 00s, so if that was your scene, then give this one a listen. My personal taste just doesn’t sit well the electronic style that adds definition to 100 Years’ sound. But hey, you can’t love everything.
Jake Hancke – 24/02/2017
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