Followbane
My Solitude


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
May 12th, 2011 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: improvements galore!

Although Followbane showed some potential in their previous album, Final Letter From…, they never quite expanded upon it. The screamer wasted his potential by staying in the same vocal range, the drums were too repetitive for their own good, and the songs suffered from a lack of variation. It was a case of what the band didn’t do, and quite surprisingly, we find that Followbane improved quite a bit for My Solitude.

Despite a strong effort, the album is far from perfect. As before, the music was recorded quite poorly, and although everything is audible, it just doesn’t sound good. The album is a horrendously convoluted mess of sounds, and even with the band being as tight as ever, they sound anything but. To be taken down this many notches by clumsy recording is a tragedy, but it happened. If anything is going to stop you from listening to this, the abysmal sound quality will. However, there are also the screams to consider, which were already lacking to start with, and are somehow more abysmal in this LP (laziness?).

The screams and sound quality could have used adjusting, but almost everything else is amped up in My Solitude. There is a sense that the band must have been “in the zone” when they were recording the album’s material. It seems as fresh as a newly made sub sandwich, unlike their last sandwich which was used and less appetizing. Songs are well written this time, with the technical guitar work blending effortlessly into the overall sound. When I say the overall sound, I am referring to the band’s melodic death metal style, which incorporates strong symphonic elements. In Final Letter From, the used symphonic elements were barely noticeable, but in a dramatic switch, My Solitude employs them extensively. The album has a certain epic, thunderous feeling about it, almost as if the band switched over to Viking metal (which is pretty cool if you ask me). Although the band never hits the epic heights of their magnum opus, Dead Fantasia, a solid effort was put in, and it shows.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 12th 2011


10594 Comments


Sweet review, Pizza!



It looks like you've surpassed me with your 105 : O
Still, it's been and honor to review along side you ; )

pizzamachine
May 12th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hahaha thanks Xeno, but never give up man! Who knows, you could still beat me (doubt it)!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2011


7391 Comments


Short and sweet review. I hate underproduced records. I prefer overproduced. Have a pos!

Digging: Lo-Pan - Colossus

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 12th 2011


10594 Comments


Sounds like a challenge my friend!!!!

Jk, I know I cannot

pizzamachine
May 12th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks greg! :D

And X-man, we'll see ;)

Ovrot
May 12th 2011


10494 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YES A PIZZAMACHINEFOLLOWBANEREVIEW!!

AfterTheBreakdown
May 12th 2011


7138 Comments


Good review pos'd

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2011


7041 Comments


I like my pizza's four cheese, and full of pos sauce.

letsgofishing
May 12th 2011


902 Comments


Excellent work as always pizza...

Do you happen to have a POS flavored crust?

pizzamachine
May 13th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dang, you guys are clever : ) Oh, and the answer to that is yes, since I have all flavors imaginable.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2011


7041 Comments


I used to work in a Gourmet Pizza shop, what a great waste of 2 years that was lol.



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