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Stalagmite of Ice


3.0
good

Review

by Mister Twister USER (24 Reviews)
May 26th, 2013 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A literally laughable vocal performance bogs down this riff-fest.

Stalagmite of Ice is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it kind of album. This album has many aspects going for it, and many working against it. The amount of enjoyment one derives from listening is completely personal. One may find the aggression excellent and thoroughly entertaining, while others will be incapable of stopping laughing at the vocal performance.

The best factor of this album is that it is an absolute riff-fest. Plenty of variety and speed is to be found in this offering, which will please any thrash fan. Songs are easily distinguished from one another, and the album is highly aggressive. The rough production may be off-putting to some, but for most it simply adds to the overall performance. The performances complement each other quite well, with the harsh, heavily distorted guitar being backed by a noticeable bass performance and furious, pounding drums.

A major issue is the vocal performance. To be quite frank, it's awful. Look no further than Nightmare Theatre to understand exactly what I mean. They seem to wish to emulate aggressive shouting normally found in thrash metal, however it sounds quite goofy, for lack of a better word, and will likely cause laughter the first time they are heard. Any of the painful falsetto screams simply compound this flaw, and some listeners may find this hurdle more of a fortress, and be incapable of seeing past it.

Overall, if one is able to look beyond the painfully bad vocal performance, they will find a crushing, aggressive, and overall enjoyable riff-fest. Unfortunately, that obstacle is much larger than it sounds, and many will simply walk away laughing.

Pros:
+Fun, speedy, enjoyable
+Raw production adds well to album

Cons:
-Atrocious vocal performance is hard to overlook

Highlights:
Sabretooth
Children of the Corn

Lowlights:
Nightmare Theatre



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Mister Twister
May 26th 2013


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not joking at all about the vocals, and it's hard to believe that they weren't either. This is dropped a full point due to the voice.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2013


14339 Comments


Decent review, short but relatively informative.

Gonna check this out because of the artwork alone.

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Mewcopa0
May 26th 2013


1799 Comments


The vocals sound like Weird Al

Mister Twister
May 26th 2013


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The vocals, while still not great, are much better on Hypothermia.

Vakarian12
May 26th 2013


3842 Comments


damn, vox really are that bad

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Funeralopolis
May 26th 2013


11354 Comments


Good to see this get a review, and yea vocals on this are butts

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mindleviticus
May 26th 2013


8229 Comments


when i first heard the vocals i loled in my trousers

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ViperAces
May 26th 2013


12430 Comments


sounds like a 13 yo kid rapping

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2013


14339 Comments


Vocals gave me some hard lols
Some great riffs but

Mister Twister
May 27th 2013


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As I said. Getting past the vocals is quite difficult, but it thrashes hard.



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