Neaera
Let The Tempest Come


3.0
good

Review

by Brandon Burton USER (19 Reviews)
October 29th, 2008 | 18 replies | 6,653 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A varying cornucopia of different elements from all around the metal feast.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The Melo-Death scene is all but dead lately, there isn't really any new bands coming out that aren't doing what everyone else has done to death in the past. Mediocrity is setting in and it seems like even the old releases that seemed to be classics are getting a little stale. Neaera (named after the lady in Greek mythology who was sold into sexual slavery and basically proscribed, oppressed and exploited all her life) is a melo-death/hardcore mix from Munster, Germany who are currently signed to Metal Blade Records. They play quite an interesting mix of melodic death metal with a splash of hardcore here and there. They have since released another album (after this one) and one prior to this release. But Let The Tempest Come is easily their crowning achievement.

The best way to describe Neaera's music is comparing it to a drink called a "Riley" (which includes very varied ingredients). If you mix a healthy dose of modern metal, with the stylings of some old school death metal and thrash, throw in some hardcore elements in, and there you have it, Neaera. Having so many varied elements in their music makes it very easy to listen to one song and pick apart the parts though. Fluidity is something that can make a great song great, and a horrible song even worse, it is sometimes tiresome to run through some of the songs knowing that they're going to try and fit all thier influences into one song.

The production on the album is quite stellar as well; Jacob Hansen, who has produced Fear My Thoughts, Maroon, and Communic was charged with the task of turning the knobs for this release. Every part of the bands music shines through and not one sounds too overbearing at any point in time, the drums, guitars, vocals, and even the bass are perfectly balanced. The music itself is actually much more improved from their debut, in that they are creating even more challenging and memorable/catchy riffs than before, there isn't one song on this album that wont stick in your head somehow. Some may question this newfound sense of commercial-ness but they do it, and they do it well. Songs like Let The Tempest Come, Mechanisms Of Standstill, and God Forsaken Soil have some of the catchiest riffs and structures, it will be hard not to get sucked into them.

The only demeaning qualities this album have are the formula's set up by each song, sometimes can get a bit tiresome. Knowing exactly how the song is going to pan out without even listening to it, [insert] death metal riff here [insert] thrash verse/chorus here, [insert] groove/breakdown here...it can get a little old at times. The only other thing that I would have to say that can get monotonous are the vocals, he generally only does one of two things, a high shriek, or a deep bellowing low, there really isnt any middle ground. It would have been nice to hear a bit more variety in his voice, but he does what he does very well (even if its just those two things). Altogether making a very cohesive but yet sometimes monotonous vocal approach.

Altogether this is a great album with some really memorable and catchy songs that will have "that riff" or "that part" stuck in your head for days. But at the same time also brings some good old school elements to the table with enough of the new school to make it sound balanced and stellar. Let The Tempest Come is a great all around metal album that seems to almost get no recognition (along with the band) and with the way things are going for these guys, I hope that they come to light a bit more.



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beans
October 29th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty quick write up
i just got tired of seeing this with no review
ill probably be revising it over the next hour or so

Bleak123
October 29th 2008



1902 Comments


I think this is a bit better than you give it credit for but good review.

bastard
October 29th 2008



3435 Comments


this is a good review other than some awkward paragraph spacing.

BallsToTheWall
October 29th 2008



44164 Comments


Good band, decent review holmes. You would prbaly like the new Fall Of Serentitty album. Kind of like this + Dan Swano mixing it.

beans
October 30th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think this is a bit better than you give it credit for but good review.


its a damn good album dont get me wrong, just trying to look at it completely unbiased.
this is a good review other than some awkward paragraph spacing.


this i had plans to work on

AngelPhoenix
October 30th 2008



2764 Comments


New album is very awesome, this sounds pretty good too, will check it out.
Review is good.

beans
October 30th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the first 4 songs fucking rip

but the rest of the album is pretty good as well

beans
October 31st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

messed with the spacing a little bit and cleaned up a few areas that were a bit clunky. anything that anyone can point out please do
im looking for criticism to get better here

rasputin
October 31st 2008



14516 Comments


melodic death metal with a splash of hardcore here and there.

throw in some hardcore elements here and there,

Using this same phrase twice isn't good
You can easily hear the "traditional death metal part", the comes the "thrash verse" then lets close things with a nicely placed groove or breakdown

very awkward sentence
The production on the album is quite stellar as well, Jacob Hansen, who has produced Fear My Thoughts, Maroon, and Communic was charged with the task of turning the knobs for this release

Make the first comma a semicolon

There are a number of awkward sentences. The best thing to remedy that would be to read it aloud, you'll notice a lot more than just reading it, and also getting somebody else to have a read will help.


beans
October 31st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

alrighty well i took some of those and reworked them around, hopefully they sound a little better than before.

BallsToTheWall
January 26th 2009



44164 Comments


Armamentarium is a motherfuckign clusterfuck of goodness. Wow, time to bring an underrated band into the light. This band has some killer groove and vicious vocals. I mean this album was pretty good but their latest one blows me away completely.

SlaveLabor
January 26th 2009



453 Comments


Good band but the vocals arent sexy

BallsToTheWall
January 26th 2009



44164 Comments


Yeah the are. The vocals sound like a cross between HSB and somebody else, maybe ATG. I love these German bands because the vocalists are equally as vicious.

lucazade22
January 26th 2009



531 Comments


agree with you balls...I much prefer Armamentarium. It's amazing! The vocals, especially.

SlaveLabor...If you didn't like this album because of the vocals, give Armamentarium a try. There's a much greater death influence.

Oh...best song on this album is "Desecrators" by miles!!!This Message Edited On 01.26.09

lucazade22
January 26th 2009



531 Comments


"Plagueheritage" and "The Crimson Void" are pretty awesome too, actually

Iamthe Nightstars
June 18th 2009



2182 Comments


Ha, the girl on this album cover is the exact same girl on Catherine's album "Rumor Has It", only she's facing the other direction.

beans
October 14th 2009



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these guys are much better than Catherine so nuff said

these guys still own

fromtheinside
July 25th 2010



17714 Comments


love this.

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