Album Review: Subliminal Fear – Escape from Leviathan

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Band: Subliminal Fear

Album: Escape from Leviathan

Release Date: May 13th, 2016

Label: Inverse Records

Italian metal heads Subliminal Fear are knocking at our gates of review frenzy here at Metal Nation Radio with their third album, Escape from Leviathan. I will come to the details of the album, yes, but let me just start by saying my wife is tapping her foot to the music. That is always a good sign. Always…

For those who are new to the sound of Subliminal Fear, the perfect description would be mashing Soilwork’s aggression with Linkin Park’s mainstream electronic sound. I also saw some descriptions adding At the Gates and In Flames to that mixture. I do not agree with the first but post-Reroute to Remain era In Flames is agreeable and you may hear some influences, especially in the industrial metal side of things. I am a pre-Reroute to Remain guy, so…

Enough with In Flames. Subliminal Fear features two vocal styles, one growly and the other clean, smooth singing which will be, together with the electronic infrastructure, your example for the Linkin Park-ish side of things. Now, metalheads, hold your horses. I know, names like Linkin Park, Korn, Alien Ant Farm and such create some negative buzz around these parts as we all are 100% metalheads in our corpse paints, singing death metal as we take a shower. The thing is, this kind of mash up approach of electronic and metal was popularized by those guys. Sorry, sad but true. But, Subliminal Fear is heavy, do not worry. There will be orchestration,  a twin kick drum extravaganza and heavy, down tuned guitar work. There are even times the band winks to the extreme side of things with blast beats like on the track Evilution, which also features Jon Howard of Threat Signal.

Now, I have to say the work of the band is solid and if you are into this kind of music, you will most probably love the album. My issue is, this type of music has this weird tendency to put similar songs into the pot and if you are looking for diversity, you may quickly find yourself losing interest. Keeping things groovy, simple and yet differentiating enough to keep the interest high however is entirely possible. Believe me; listen to Amorphis’ Under the Red Cloud for example. It is a masterpiece.

I enjoyed my time with Escape from Leviathan and Subliminal Fear deserves a chance for those who are not afraid to take in a modern sound. The recording quality is perfect and performances are great. All it lacks is a bit variety in songs (The Disease is Human Emotion is an exception). Great job guys! The album also features Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic, OneWay Mirror), and Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane) near to Jon Howard as guests.

PS: When preparing one sheets, it may be better to include information like release date, website and such. Just saying…

*insert puzzled gaze towards the band’s management here*

8/10

Line Up:

Alessio Morella – Bass
Carmine Cristallo – Vocals
Doddo Murgolo – Guitars
Matteo De Bellis – Vocals
Rino Lanotte – Drums

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Ophidian

About Ophidian

Oganalp Canatan is a singer, composer and a writer. He is the creator of Maegi and he was the co-founder of bands Dreamtone and Dreamtone & Iris Mavrakis Neverland. He has released albums from various labels, like EMI Turkey and AFM Records. Oganalp had worked with some of the most important names of metal music on his albums; from Tim Ripper Owens to Hansi Kürsch, from Chris Boltendahl to Jon Oliva. In the last 15 years, he has released six albums and three singles, worked at music magazines and shared stage with bands like Blind Guardian, Opeth, Evergrey, Dream Theater, Anathema, Haggard, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle, U.D.O. and more.

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