Recorded and mixed by Fred Foulquier in March 1999 at Studio Le Phare, Merignac, France. Produced by Fred Foulquier and Hypnosis. Released on Black Lotus Records, 1999.
Another late review. A combination of returning to work after a three week break, but mostly because I bought Soulfly’s last two albums and found myself listening to them back-to-back on repeat (Last.fm reports 171 tracks played in the last seven days).
On my first listen through I didn’t really connect with this album; probably another reason that I’ve delayed writing a review. Giving it a second listen… I’m no closer to liking it, unfortunately. But I can’t exactly put my finger on why.
Or at least I can but I can’t quite put it into words. This album draws together various sub-genres of metal that I, if not avoid, certainly don’t entertain. It’s almost like folky pop-metal.
There is the odd riff or solo here or there that I quite enjoy. It’s not that any of it bad per se. It’s just that it’s not to my taste. It’s like, I could drink a can of fizzy Vimto if that is all that was left and I was thirsty enough, but generally I don’t even notice it on the shelves in the shop.
Review score: 55%