Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Engine of Creation - Engine of Creation

Another band from the well diversified metal capital of Canada known only as Montreal, Quebec, Engine of Creation have recently released their self-titled debut EP within the first quarter of 2014. Unfortunately since it's release the group have lost their singer but are proving to be an unstoppable force as they continue their journey through the harsh metal world. With such an impressive cover that features a guy that looks almost like Dimebag Darrell screaming through solid glass, who wouldn't try out this album?

Genre: Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: January 15th, 2014
  1. I Am Justice!
  2. Anger Will Rise
  3. Into the Fire
  4. My Ocean
  5. Tearing Down the Walls
Total Playtime: 25 minutes, 24 seconds





Rating: 7.0/10




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Another band from the well diversified metal capital of Canada known only as Montreal, Quebec, Engine of Creation have recently released their self-titled debut EP within the first quarter of 2014. Unfortunately since it's release the group have lost their singer but are proving to be an unstoppable force as they continue their journey through the harsh metal world. With such an impressive cover that features a guy that looks almost like Dimebag Darrell screaming through solid glass, who wouldn't try out this album?

Though the band classify themselves along the lines of thrash and progressive metal, Engine of Creation have without a doubt crafted some of the finer metalcore content to come along recently; moreover it may be classified as thrashcore. While a good chunk of the genre has begun to default itself into ungodly amounts of breakdowns, surprisingly this self-titled debut effort has none. Instead it's chocked full of good feeling, up tempo tracks that convey the passion of the band through the real-to-life personalized lyrics; specifically within "I Am Justice!". The singer takes his turns between growls that are true to the genre and raspy clean singing. The growls are pretty powerful, as shown multiple times throughout the content, though they make their biggest impact in "Into the Fire".


Being one of the better songs on the album, "Into the Fire" is also home to a light guitar picking and bass interlude that forebodes what is to come in the relaxing, bass heavy "My Ocean". These two tracks showcase the shining tone of the lead guitar, which has such a pristine distortion to it that it almost sounds like an audible crystal. In contrast, the rhythm guitar has a hard crunch to it while it showcases a small variety of simplistic riffs that are generally palm-muted and rarely open strummed. However, earlier on in the content during "I Am Justice!" and "Anger Will Rise" the lead has a crunchy tone and the solos are executed sloppily in their haste to be performed quickly; there are some minor pick and finger errors to be heard.

Though the bass isn't given much of a chance throughout the material, it gets it's one shot to captivate the listener with some savvy lines in the finale "Breaking Down the Wall" which features Dan Mongrain of Voivoid; an impressive inclusion to say the least. The bass is heard in minor areas throughout the tracks, but overall it isn't very effective and doesn't command the listener's attention. Sadly the same can be said for the drums, which are made up of a small ensemble of generic rhythms.

While the content is unique and well crafted, Engine of Creation is an EP that will be hit or miss with the general audience and will most likely not bode well with the more hardcore death and thrash metal crowd. The vocals are a little too light, but that may change come the next album given that the band is in search of a new singer. It's definitely worth a shot if you're one that enjoys some metalcore sugar in your thrash tea, otherwise it's best to steer around this one.

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