Akeldama
Everything Beautiful


2.0
poor

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (54 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2013 | 26 replies | 2,182 views


Release Date: 09/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Banal music clad with vane accessories is still banal music

As someone who considers themselves fairly removed from the new “djent” movement that’s consuming the extreme metal scene, it’s quite perplexing to see bands such as Akeldama have praise lumped upon them in droves for doing absolutely nothing of substance. Everything Beautiful takes the term “superficial” to new heights; even edging out the likes of Born of Osiris in this newfound, unspoken battle to see who can tack the most bells and whistles to any haphazard lull of an album. Although musically indistinguishable from many of their contemporaries, Akeldama have still managed to attain a modest but rapidly expanding fan base in their meagre three year existence, a development that has – to put it bluntly – left me fucking dumbfounded.

The album starts unobtrusively enough, with a brief synth intro and then the obligatory bottom string chugging. The harsh vocal delivery initially steals the show, as vocalist Andrew Zink weaves his way through tongue-twisting lyrics at an impressive pace. But not even a minute into the opening track, the clean vocals obnoxiously barge in and the album very quickly collapses under its own weight. Credit where credit is due, some of the vocal melodies are pretty interesting, but the performance itself is an aesthetic atrocity. Not trying to sound tactless, but they are legitimately some of, if not the whiniest cleans I’ve heard on a metal record. This isn’t helped by the fact that they sound draped in reverb and pitch-correction, jarring so offensively with the rest of the soundscape that they almost ruin the album as it’s barely begun. Those who find the strength to press on won’t be consoled to any forgivable degree. The album does have its highlights, such as a few interesting riffs in the title track and “Apotheosis”, as well as some genuinely well-executed song progression in the appropriately titled “A Seed of Hope”. But these moments are too few are far between to compensate for the bores that separate them.

One of the album’s biggest problems is the lack of tangible atmosphere, with the shallow “mood” accentuated exclusively by mundane synthesisers, piano keys and sound effects. The album has been produced to the point where oversaturating it with omnipresent electronics is apparently the only solution to its stale sound. Practically every second has been glazed over with a plastic sheen, which in addition to the cringe-worthy cleans makes the record sound insufferably contrived. Where the standard instruments are left to their own devices, they fail produce anything of interest, with the guitars hinging almost wholly on the first few frets of the lower strings. This is worsened by the drumming and bass following the guitars like sheep, forming a homogenous unit and erasing any potential nuances that could have made the album worth revisiting. The aforementioned “A Seed of Hope” almost saves the album from coming across as manufactured drivel. Cleverly utilising brief ambient breaks, tempo shifts and melodious solos to create an effective build and climax, the track is easily the strongest to be found on here. Unfortunately, rest of the songs are – for the most part – simple by comparison, rendering the album tedious despite its infrequent highlights.

Akeldama have at least sporadically demonstrated their ability to create admirable music, but a conscious effort to sound as poignant as possible leaves Everything Beautiful feeling forced. It would be wrong to accuse these guys of not applying themselves, but that hasn’t resulted in an interesting album. Banal music clad with vane accessories is still banal music, and while there is the odd moment of interest, it still succumbs to virtually every chestnut that “djent” is and always will be maligned for.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2013



14077 Comments

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Still, better than the EP.

Hope y'all like the review.

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tommygun
September 22nd 2013



24573 Comments


i like it thanks jac pos

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Jacquibim
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September 22nd 2013



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ohoho tommy ily

OhCarrots
September 22nd 2013



335 Comments


I like it too, pos'd

Also, the band's name reminds me of that Faceless album

zuzek
September 22nd 2013



750 Comments


Damn accurate review, good job. Something tells me these guys have potential to make some good music, but here they end up forcing every composition in such a dull and superficial manner that I just want to turn it off as quick as I can. It doesn't help that the mix is probably the most terribad I've heard this year.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2013



14077 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

@ohcarrots (necro?) - yeah that's the reason I checked them out.

@zuzek - thanks, those cleans are still eating my ear canals out.

Shuyin
September 22nd 2013



11465 Comments


damn i liked the single tbh, they had some cool lyrics too :[

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Wizard
September 22nd 2013



19343 Comments


Did they really name themselves after that shat band The Faceless?

Pos for ripping into djent...The Worst Thing to Ever Happen to Metal....Even Worse than Nu-Metal

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Calc
September 22nd 2013



12142 Comments


you could be contrib if you apply next time.

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Jacquibim
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September 22nd 2013



14077 Comments

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Cheers Wiz, and yeah djent sucks.

Thank you very much Calc, I think I'm going to next time the promotions come about.

CaptainDooRight
September 22nd 2013



28851 Comments


Would never listen butt pos cuz rev.

Shuyin
September 22nd 2013



11465 Comments


whats a butt pos?

OhCarrots
September 22nd 2013



335 Comments


@Jac: Yeah, I'm Necro haha

Durrzo
September 22nd 2013



1100 Comments


There are aspects of this band that interest me, but they don't pull anything off very well, and those cleans... GOD DAMN they are truly awful.

bloc
September 22nd 2013



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't like this either

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CaptainDooRight
September 22nd 2013



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'Shuyin
September 22nd 2013



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whats a butt pos?'

lyfe

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2013



14077 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

#buttposlyf2k13

BigPleb
September 23rd 2013



36033 Comments


Review is awes, as usual.

I've heard this but not the other one.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2013



14077 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The other one is worse so spare yourself the misery.

BigPleb
September 23rd 2013



36033 Comments


Ah, so my method is beneficial :D



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