Friday, April 25, 2014

Mekong Delta "In A Mirror Darkly"

Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Thrash Metal
Release dateApril 25, 2014 (Germany); April 28, 2014 (UK);  April 29, 2014 (US)
01. Introduction
02. Ouverture
03. The Armageddon Machine
04. The Sliver in Gods Eye
05. Janus
06. Inside the Outside of the Inside
07. Hindsight Bias
08. Mutant Messiah

Ralph Hubert - bass
Benedikt Zimniak - guitars
Erik Adam H. - guitars
Alex Landenburg - drums
Martin LeMar - vocals

For almost thirty years, Mekong Delta have enjoyed an excellent reputation as an independent and exceptionally creative band in the world of progressive metal sounds. Albums such as The Music Of Eric Zann (1988) and Pictures At An Exhibition (1997) are considered classics of their kind. With their blend of prog metal, classical elements and thrash, the musicians are considered pioneers of a stylistic mix which has been emulated by a considerable number of epigones. Now the German quartet is set to unleash its latest recording:
The band has recorded a total of eight songs for In A Mirror Darkly, among them three instrumental numbers like the ingenious Inside The Outside Of The Inside with its diverse arrangements. Typically Mekong Delta, the new numbers all have a playing time of between five and seven minutes. As far as I am concerned, that s just the right time frame to gain sufficient stylistic depth without pushing the envelope or creating artistic ambiguities, band founder Ralf Hubert explains the initial parameters of the new album. I feel that we ve once again found the right mix of complexity and uninterrupted leitmotiv.
Thematically, the new recording will pick up where our 2010 release Wanderer On The Edge Of Time left off, although the new material is more loosely connected and only occasionally linked by little interludes. (from amazon)
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