HYPERIAL - Sceptical Vision
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Psycho Records
YEAR: January, 2010
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Psycho Records
The music on Sceptical Vision is mix of various styles, but the denominator is death metal. The songs often rely on keyboard parts and this is also where most of the strength in the music is. Without the keyboard the music wouldn't be as exciting.
As I've already indicated the Polish five-piece doesn't just rely on death metal. The band also uses bits and pieces of black metal, gothic and more contemporary types of metal. The five Poles try to add some personality to the music, but only partially manage to do so. The band writes many riffs that are good and catchy. There's enough variation to set the songs apart, but where it all tends to fall short is the overall style. It sounds like so much else and that doesn't profit the band.
Of course this doesn't change that most of the songs are okay and that the five-piece know how to create a disturbing setting. As a bonus we get the Danzig song "Belly of the Beast". The song doesn't add much to the CD, but it's not bad. The production is crusty, but again it's not something that helps set the band apart from so much else, but it does fit the music and I guess that is what matters the most.
If you like modern death metal mixed with various other styles of metal and lots of keyboard then Sceptical Vision may just be the right CD for you.