VIELIKAN - A Trapped Way for Wisdom
GENRE: Progressive death metal
LABEL: Self financed
YEAR: December 29th, 2010
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Vielikan
Vielikan is a Tunisian four-piece. The music is progressive death metal and it's obvious that Opeth has inspired the band a lot. I wouldn't say that Vielikan is an exact copy of the Swedes, but the similarities are hard to ignore. However the four-piece is a little more hard-hitting in their approach.
Overall I think the song-writing is good. It's obvious that the band can write music, but just like Opeth the band has an annoying tendency to make the songs way too long. It's not like Vielikan recycle the riffs too much, but the good riffs often drown between filler and the less interesting parts. It's unfortunate as Vielikan do have many interesting ideas, but these aren't flaunted too well here.
Actually the music work the best when the four-piece play a little faster like on "The Beginning of All Remorse", but the majority of the time the band take it slow and play in an almost doom metal kind of pace. It does work in small amounts as it adds to the bleak mood that the music has. However the band does it a little too much and that does to some extent make the music boring. More of the fast playing would make a change for the better I think.
Another thing that doesn't profit the music much is the dry production. I miss a thicker and more governing guitar sound to push the heavier parts. And overall give the songs a more compact feel.
I'm not a fan of Opeth and that is possibly also why I don't enjoy A Trapped Way for Wisdom all that much. If you like Opeth you probably like Vielikan's music a lot more than I did.