Saturday, May 28, 2011

Arsis - We are the Nightmare (2007)

Hello. We are Arsis and we hope to bore you with our wanky technical skills. Admittedly, this is the only Arsis album I've heard in full, but it will be the last. I picked this album up sometime in high school because I thought the title track was pretty decent, and I figured the rest of the album would be on the same level. Boy, was I wrong.  

We are the Nightmare is heavily uninspired and only worth one run-through. Truth be told, there are some good ideas floating around, but they're never utilized in quite the right way, and the music comes off as pretentious noodling. The drumming fares worst because it's sloppy and all over the place. If Darren Cesca wasn't so set on showing off, his playing could benefit from a tighter focus and lack of fills after nearly every measure.

Aside from the title track, the guitar "riffs" (mostly leads) have little to no staying power. They're instantly forgettable, but I think many technical death metal bands in the vein of Arsis suffer from the same issue of all show and no substance. For a catchy and quality take on the subgenre, Gorod is an excellent band to look band to add to the listening list.

And, as you expected, this album isn't worth a look, not even a glance because there are better bands in the subgenre that you should give your precious listening time. It's really too bad because Arsis is obviously a talented group; they just don't know how to construct a technical death metal song, let alone make something worth listening to.

Here's to a big group "meh."

-TMA

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