1/4/2006 - Review by: Etiam
Overmars – Affliction, Endocrine…Vertigo –2005—Candlelight Records
Yet, despite being almost predestined to fail (or at least be unremarkable) by association, Overmars manages to separate themselves from the rest of the group. Notably diverse and mature for a debut album, ‘Affliction…’ spans soundscapes with light, clean vocal interludes and monotonous, industrial influences blended through the down-tuned rumblings and dissonance. Slightly reminiscent of Cult of Luna, but not so one-dimensional. All those superlatives you might read on a promo sheet, like ‘epic, shattering, eerie, haunting’ for once actually apply. This album is all of those things, and definitely more, though at first blush it may be hard to realize. The vocals took a bit to warm up to me, since the music does most of the talking, but I was impressed with their range. The deep, prolonged death growl, even a Tom Waits vibe at one point, to a clean, mid-ranged and lighter voice. On one track, I actually didn’t hear the woman screaming until she’d been at it for probably 30 seconds. It’s one of those albums.
A heavy undertaking, ‘Affliction…’ is not music you toss in for a drive to the supermarket. This requires a lot of time, a lot of attention, and a lot of patience. However, if you have the imagination and the will, Overmars does not disappoint, and I know I’ll be waiting for their sophomore release. I can’t say just what ‘Affliction…’ is, but I know that I like it.
- Etiam 12.7.05
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