Embryo
No God Slave


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
July 31st, 2011 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Embryo gives us melodic death metal, solid, safe and enjoyable.

Embryo Is:
• Roberto – Vocals
• Uge - Guitars
• Andrea - Bass
• Reynoldz -Drums

Born in 2000 in Cremona, Italy and being a melodic death metal act Embryo make for an interesting but at times safe listen. With a range of influences cited including that of Scar Symmetry many may already know what’s coming before they even hit play but should not be warned off before giving this a go.

No God Slave is a surprisingly solid effort with tasteful symphonic elements and simple approach. It’s the album’s simplicity that creates an enjoyable listen to those who are either fans of the genre or fans of the band. No God Slave is never mind-blowing but it does have many attributes of a quality record. A simple recipe that focuses on groove ‘chugged’ riff patterns reinforced by the drum’s bass work. Fronted by both growled and screamed vocal linings and made more interesting by its melodious and atmosphere creating symphonic element. What lets this record down is that it comes off too safe. Every component comes together nicely but lacks a push or technicality that would see this album hit the heights.

Title track ‘No God Slave’ sums up the albums sound in one sitting. From the layering of symphonic elements and the keyboard infused riff lines to the almost relentless drum work. Shrieks and growls to mid ranged screams; it has every element a melodic death metal band uses on a regular basis. This is all well and good but it doesn’t push any boundaries or limits, re-affirming the album’s ‘safeness’ and the band members unwillingness to experiment. Most of the tracks also have a blended feel to them. The same fundamental pattern is used throughout and without anything contrasting or innovative separate tracks become quickly forgettable. For example ‘One Way Left’ may incorporate some deathcore breakdown patterns but it is essentially Embryo’s standard creative recipe, that being the growls, the screams, the same simple riff lines and structural features.

‘Escape from Your Fears’ shows off the band’s technical ability. Each member shows that they know what to do with their respective instruments. A greater sense of creative writing is shown here and after a rather engaging introduction listeners are exposed to a groove inspired melodic thrash output. Playback value increases as listeners’ feet start tapping whilst being absorbed into the music. This track is a great representation of the eerie atmosphere being created. This is caused solely by the keyboard and symphonic layers. Drummer Reynoldz displays his musicianship and marching drum work in track ‘Dark Passenger’ where regrettably his drumming suffers under the instrumentation of the other members. It simply becomes too much of the same thing.

No God Slave is a solid record but is flawed by a repetition of ideas and a too safe approach to the album. There will be many moments where listeners will find their heads moving sub-consciously and rightly so. Embryo have found a musical recipe that works for them and are showing no desire to experiment or push boundaries. The music is good but at the same time forgettable. Listeners will be drawn to the vocal work of Roberto and the drum work of Reynoldz.

Recommended Tracks
• Democratic Mankind Slaughter
• One Way Left
• No God Slave
• Dark Passenger



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2011


7122 Comments


Pretty good melodic death from Rising Records. I don't really expect to see too many more ratings on this one.

AfterTheBreakdown
July 31st 2011


7168 Comments


Nice read. Pos'd.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2011


7122 Comments


Thanks champ : ]
This sounds like something for you.

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


Another good review, but I'm sure I would hate this. Pos'd

Hawks
August 1st 2011


35838 Comments


Another good review, but I'm sure I would hate this.

My thoughts exactly.

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


The only melodic death metal I really listen to anymore is at the gates, dark tranquillity, and early in flames. The genre does nothing for me anymore

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2011


7122 Comments


Fair enough, there is that many facets of metal now, and those facets have been around for that long it's only going to create a lot of 'meh' comments.

Thanks for the votes guys.

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


I don't know why, but I laughed when I saw the agonist under similar artists.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2011


7122 Comments


hey, i put that there!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2011


7122 Comments


hey, i put that there!

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


I really like Lullabies For the Dormant Mind, but their debut is horrible.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2011


7122 Comments


Well i'm about halfway through the new Alestorm album so we'll see how we go ; ]

Hawks
August 1st 2011


35838 Comments


Oh god Alestorm is so bad.

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


I can see another quality ipodmastery review of an album I'll absolutely hate coming in the near future. I'm looking forward to it

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2011


7122 Comments


Nah, not doing an Alestorm review, i'll dodge that particular bullet. And the next one has to be something special, i guess just cause it'll be my 50th. Actually, bowlofsoup you would probably still hate it.

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


Hey, I actually like a lot of stuff you review. I just know I won't like this band. Any idea off the top of your head what you might review as your 50th?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2011


7122 Comments


I have been listening to a band for years and i have never been able to find a copy of their EP, I got it the other week, lisening pretty much non-stop. Cold Driven - The Wicked Side Of Me. This is the most likely outcome.

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


I'll have to look them up. What kind of music do they play?

Edit: Just listened to The wicked side of me. It was pretty cool. I could see myself liking them

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2011


7122 Comments


I'm addicted, I had actually the Set In Stone album first, i was hooked from there.

bowlofsoup
August 1st 2011


1073 Comments


I'm listening to their newest ep, and I'm liking it so far. They sound nothing like what I usually expect from a band in their genre




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