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Apiary
Lost In Focus
Type: CD
Company: Metal Blade
Release: 2006
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 8/20/2006
Shows off a thick, groove based sound
Apiary - Lost In Focus - 2006 - Metal Blade

Track Listing
1. Pain Is The Reason
2. Descent
3. Extract
4. Omnipresence
5. Intervention
6. Bliss In Vain
7. Forced To Breathe
8. Lustrum
9. Peril's Divinity
10. Solidified Foundation
11. Fading Imprint
12. These Walls Are Permanent
13. Finding A Way Back
Apiary is a five-piece from the South Bay of California. The idea was to have Peter Layman and Mike McClatchey merge their unique guitar styles into one sound. The band signed to Metal Blade records after playing gigs with the likes of Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Unearth, God Forbid, and The Black Dahlia Murder. The label recently has picked up other similar bands in the style of New Wave Of American Heavy Metal and Apiary fits well with the recent scheme of sounds.

"Lost In Focus" is the band's debut record and one that shows off a thick, groove based sound that isn't a far cry from the factory settings of Fear Factory and Skinlab. While those bands may seem a bit dated to old fans, it will still impress those new faces that are just starting to hear that commercial sound. The group's wall of sound theory is embedded deep in an industrial park, almost sounding like metal on metal, scraping the bare bone structure in a quest to be the most abrasive sound around. Those of you looking for more melodic injections and today's "screamo" sound will not find it here, with Apiary simply churning groove riffs into long, rather monotonous beatings. Songwriting is riddled with negative energy, really making this just about the most irritating album of the year for me personally. It still amazes me to this day that we have so many great unsigned bands out there with fantastic vocals and positive energy, yet Metal Blade signs "talent" like this.

Bottom Line - For abrasive ears! Recommended for fans of Fear Factory, Skinlab, Glass Casket, and Hatebreed.


--EC 08.10.06

About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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