Interludium" Il Vecchio Castello" Tuileries Dispute d'enfants apres jeux " Bydtlo" I have no words to describe this disc. It's simply one of the most interesting, unique metal?
CDs ever recorded. A friend of mine described Mekong Delta as "just weird". That may also be a good description. Imagine a metal band, who usually incorporates vocals and is usually catagorized as thrash metal, putting out an all instrumental interpretation of a composition by Modest Mussorgski. That is exactly what this disc is; a 'weird' metal interpretation of a classical composition. It's actually quite impossible to put a label on this disc, or to compare it to any other artist.
It's just that unique. Perhaps it could best be labeled as neo-classical metal, in the truest sense. I was really quite blown away by this disc. The album centers itself around sounding like a modern thrash version of classical music themes.
Tracks like Interludium are mysterious and moving with classical lines spread throughout and a real treat not only for fans of metal but fans of classical as well. The first half of the record is better than the 2nd in my opinion, but throughout the technical playing is excellent. This, along with Watchtower's two releases, are key to the early development of progressive metal, specifically progressive thrash.
The tone on this album is of note, both the bass and the guitars have some rich tones to them to complement the intensity of certain "classics" sections. If you liked Metallica but always hoped for something more, I'd suggest looking at this record, as it's some of Mekong Delta's best work and has a certain depth that more famous thrash bands never reached.
The production on this album is unfortunately a lot poorer than on the previous one though, a lot thinner and grittier and not in the good thrash way. There are some great songs on here though which makes up for that, opener 'Age of Agony' is a great technical thrash song with some of the best riffs on the album. The instrumentation on this album is superb, the guitars provide some great thrashin' riffage and the solos are fairly musical for thrash.
The drums are particularly good, great syncopation and technicality, they really add a lot to the music and make the songs a lot more interesting and along with the bass they make for a formidable rhythm section. MEKONG DELTA had failed to reach their full potential at this point but better things were certainly to come, they had shown great promise and churned out some great thrash songs but it hadn't quite gelled and they had a few shortcomings, for example on this album they reworked and redid one of the classical-thrash hybrid songs from their debut completely unnecessarily and didn't add anything new to it which is a disappointing recurring theme throughout their career unfortunately.
A worthwhile album for curious thrash fans none the less. After a positive experience with Mekong Delta's debut, I was hungry for more of their material. Taking the name of one of H. P Lovecraft's better known tales, 'The Music Of Erich Zann' is the second album by these German thrashers, and despite a short time between the release of the two albums, there has been some significant development regarding the sound of the band.
Jenkins] Where do we go? Wake up people! We're on a deadrace. There is no time! How can you believe in or trust it? This system's proofed that it's absurd Setting signs he tried to wake them up, open up their eyes. But they don't listened They were all too busy. Facing just the end of the day. Never thought of tomorrow. Yes, I know. More you'll ever will Maybe I scare you. I reflect what scared me Why do you all baffle my warning? You'd better let this in your life!
Prosecution for he'd disturbed their dreams, distorting his speech Being here on his own, with that vision he had seen Yes, I know he must be out of mind in another mental sphere Setting signs he tried to wake them up, open up their eyes.
There is no time There is no time 4. Hatred [Mekong Delta, J. Jenkins] "Oh, god, I'm so fed up with this conceited talks about right and unright, with their so called important topics while they cannot even look over the rim of their coffee cups As always any contructive criticism is welcome.
Album Rating: 4. This album is insane, both in terms of lyrics and music. This was part of the "review a random album game" in and it never got done. Sick rev pos'd. Review Summary: Setting up a standard of technical thrash metal for others to match upon. Music never stays in one place. It constantly changes, evolves, transforms itself into new, mysterious ways that sound shocking and unusual at first.
In the same way we can find this kind of evolution in rock music and heavy metal as well, thus there are albums that many have sparked harsh reactions due to their bewildering musical choices, which defied the norm. The underground which was the main host for Mekong Delta was flourishing with bands who took the usual speed-driven and aggressive riffing of thrash only to spice it up with complex structures, unusual timing and an input of other musical influences that gave each band a different yet recognizable sound.
An incinerating, furious, crazy, jarring and compelling testament.При всем этом, “The Music Of Erich Zann” – чуть ли не самый агрессивный альбом за всю историю Mekong Delta, а такие песни, как “True Lies”, “Hatred” и “Confession Of Madness” прямо-таки источают ненависть ко всему роду.