Pentakill
Smite and Ignite


3.0
good

Review

by my trash taste is stuck in the past USER (28 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2014 | 64 replies


Release Date: 06/03/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Far better than it has any right to be.

The term 'video game music' can easily be ridiculed. Whether it's referring to chiptunes in the background of games, or full-fledged albums centered around a given franchise, there's often little depth, and in most cases, they make for an easy target. In many instances, it's a fair point, as most productions are gimmicky, relying solely on the driving force of the series from which it originates. Enter Pentakill: a virtual band consisting of character from the popular video game League of Legends. They fully embody this gimmicky nature and are fairly generic as far as genuine musicianship goes. In spite of this, there is still a somewhat enjoyable album to be found here.

The album is decently varied, dipping into the general vicinity of power metal as well as progressive metal. While it doesn't truly root itself deeply enough to be definitively labeled as either, it is at least a commendable effort, and helps to give the album some flavor. There are some moments where the album can catch one's attention with a somewhat catchy section that may hook you in momentarily. These moments are fleeting in most cases, however, in tracks such as Deathfire Grasp, it can help the album out greatly in drawing power.

Some familiar sounds can be heard on the album, specifically in the vocalist department. Jorn Lande of Masterplan, and ZP Theart, formerly of DragonForce, can each be heard contributing vocals to two songs each on the album. Therefore, the vocal performance is actually fairly strong, at least if one were to compare it to the actual voice of Karthus, the deathly lich meant to be portrayed as the actual vocalist of the group. The overall session musicians come together in a manner not unexpected, but nevertheless satisfying, and each track is at least interesting enough for a listen or two.

The novelty factor is undeniable. Many of the small things about the album would fall upon deaf ears if shown to those outside of the League of Legends fanbase. For example, all but one track on the album is named in reference to various items which appear in the game, and at some points, such as in the mechanical-sounding The Hex Core, sound effects from the game itself may be heard in the background. It's small bells and whistles like these that will boost the appeal of the album for diehard fans of the game.

It's cheesy. It's lame. It's nowhere near perfect. All of that being said, there is a certain novelty charm to Smite and Ignite, which is definitely not hurt by the fact that it could actually stand its own if compared to a typical power metal album in the saturated market nowadays. It won't be for everyone, and some folks will fervently detest it, but simply checking out a few tracks definitely couldn't hurt.

Recommended Tracks:
Deathfire Grasp
Thornmail




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Mister Twister
June 3rd 2014


1774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i did it so you wouldnt have to

It's weird to me that this isn't unbearably awful. I know I'm rusty, and I won't be able to write any
more for over a month due to exams and a huge move, but bleh.

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titanslayer
June 3rd 2014


2043 Comments


Heard one track on yt it honestly wasn't that bad

Sabrutin
June 3rd 2014


999 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review was nice to read, pos'd.

Still, I don't enjoy this as much as you do. I find this to be half fillers (two instrumentals and an intermission). The only track I kind of enjoyed is the opener (nice to hear Jorn).

This "album" seems just a bad commercial move. They just recorded a few average tracks and added some instrumentals to make it longer. It gives nothing like satisfaction. Also, I find the lyrics from Deathfire Grasp to be way too childish.

I play this type of games myself (not LoL though), but I find this to be appealing only to younger players.

Digging: AC/DC - Rock or Bust

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2014


18863 Comments


This "album" seems just a bad commercial move.


i dont there are any pretensions that this is anything other than an ad for league of legends

Digging: Bee Mask - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears

demigod!
June 3rd 2014


45005 Comments


ugh i haven't listened to this "band" at all yet and im already knee deep in cringe

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Sabrutin
June 3rd 2014


999 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"i dont there are any pretensions that this is anything other than an ad for league of legends"

The important part of the sentence is >bad< commercial move, not the fact that is commercial. Of course it is, I'm not criticizing that.

SnakeDelilah
June 3rd 2014


8718 Comments


can someone please tell me why there are two reviewers named Mister Tornado and Mister Twister

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Toondude10
June 3rd 2014


4315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I just realized that, lol.

Good review otherwise. Pos'd

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emester
June 3rd 2014


4229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

LoL's fucking terrible imo so its no surprise that this sucks whale dick

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Toondude10
June 3rd 2014


4315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

and here comes the haters

sailSAway
June 3rd 2014


894 Comments


summary says it all

Toondude10
June 3rd 2014


4315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

pretty much

TheSupernatural
June 3rd 2014


1271 Comments


This really is way better than it should be.

Asmodeuss1990
June 3rd 2014


200 Comments


I'm pretty sure this album isn't supposed to be taken seriously at all. So I won't take it as such and listen to it as silly video game music. Probably is cringeworthy.

TheSupernatural
June 4th 2014


1271 Comments


This is as far from cringeworthy as video game music can get. It's legitimate power metal

Koffiiing
June 4th 2014


1215 Comments


Excellent review \m/

TrantaLocked
June 4th 2014


1555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They used a really chunky guitar tone for this album.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2014


9064 Comments


goddammit

trackbytrackreviews
June 4th 2014


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lightbringer has the goods

Also Ohmwrecker

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NonApplicable
June 4th 2014


2003 Comments


I think the opening statement and comparison was quite a stretch. Never hear anything but praise for video game music.

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