True
Still Life


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
March 29th, 2010 | 20 replies | 7,088 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still Life takes the folk ideals that Black Metal artists have been working with since the days of Bathory, and reworks them into a whole new medium.

By naming their debut album Still Life, True have set themselves up for an uphill battle. If you are going to share your album title with one of Opeth's most revered releases then you better deliver the goods. Luckily for True, they do. With Still Life, True have freed up the Folk Metal genre from its longstanding association with Black Metal acts by applying its overall aesthetic to good old fashioned Death Metal. The Croatian sextet have infused their brand of Entombed influenced Death Metal with the classic sounds of their Balkan heritage, but unlike the wandering medieval passages that one would expect to hear from a Folk Metal band, True have integrated their traditional instrumentation into the very core of their sound. Tracks such as 'The End' and 'Who Am I?' rather inventively showcase the tamburica, a type of lute, by letting it stand its ground alongside the grinding gear-like chug of the guitars, providing an enchanting sense of melody and filling in a space where one would normally expect to hear tremolo picked guitar leads.

Even though True have breathed new life into some rather hackneyed ideas, they are still left with one major drawback. By only working in only two speeds, mid-paced gallops and brooding interludes, Still Life can at times end up being a bit predictable in its twists and turns, making it a somewhat daunting listen, especially with three tracks in the over eight minute range. All in all Still Life is a refreshing take on Death Metal that takes the tried and true folk ideals that Black Metal artists have been working with since the days of Bathory, and reworks them into a whole new medium. While it at times stumbles under the weight of its attempted grandeur, Still Life shows that True is a band brimming with potential.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2010



17117 Comments


an interesting listen to say the least.

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Brokenjewel
March 29th 2010



1247 Comments


Not what I expected folk-metal to sound like. Once is a great song.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2010



17117 Comments


yeah, its not the normal eluveite/skyforger kind of stuff

zaruyache
March 29th 2010



4811 Comments


Folkdeath? I will have to check this out.

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Knott-
Emeritus
March 29th 2010



10194 Comments


haha i was just about to say "is this an opeth cover band?" but i thought id check the review and sure enough you beat me to it

Phantom
March 29th 2010



8930 Comments


This sounds interesting, will add it to my list.


americanmusicmachine
March 29th 2010



3953 Comments


that's a pretty neat-oh album cover. wonder what type of dog that is.

BallsToTheWall
March 29th 2010



44164 Comments


Heard about this abnd from somewhere. Good review, kickass artwork.

Raz0rGrind23
March 31st 2010



419 Comments


Heard some samples...Great stuff. I Kill For Nothing owns.

The Sovereign
April 10th 2010



10 Comments


This album is awesome.

BigTuna
April 20th 2010



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want to listen to this.

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BigTuna
April 21st 2010



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love Okus Crnila

Itwasthatwas
April 22nd 2010



729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds really interesting, gonna have to check it out

BigTuna
September 26th 2010



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still a fantastic album

fromtheinside
September 26th 2010



16385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

want this.

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fromtheinside
September 27th 2010



16385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok, settled on a rating. the tamburica makes this as much as i thought it ruined it

lots of drums tho

BigTuna
September 27th 2010



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Drums rule, I love the clean sections where the drums are featured. Okus Crnila is def the best on here.

americanmusicmachine
September 27th 2010



3953 Comments


I'm still wondering wat type o' dog that is

BigTuna
September 27th 2010



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a mean one

ffs
August 26th 2013



4670 Comments


this is good



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