Anarion
Unbroken


2.0
poor

Review

by Jim USER (23 Reviews)
November 15th, 2007 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Melbourne metal-heads Anarion deliver a debut that reeks of potential, yet fails to interest.

It’s one thing to be technically competent; it’s another to use this technical proficiency to produce something that could be considered original or even remotely fascinating. It’s this fundamental principle that seems to escape Melbourne heavy-metal act Anarion, as the basic ideology of their debut Unbroken seems to be paying constant homage to bands such as Iron Maiden, while still proving to the world that they actually know how to play. And this is true – this band really do know how to play their respective instruments. It’s just a shame this skill is wasted on boring, uninspired compositions which do little to deviate from what other bands do much better already.

Drummer Luke Burnham spends the entirety of the album providing great support and an even greater backbone with his relentless double-bass drum and impressive fills. The guitars of Mecchi and Griffith are technically remarkable and played with the kind of confidence you’d expect from an act you’ve actually heard of, while the bass of Joe Frisina certainly doesn’t lag far behind at all. As a group, Anarion play extremely well – which begs the question of how this impeccably produced record could possibly amount to nothing more than uneventful" The answer lies within the songs themselves, and the unoriginal method by which they’re composed.

Album opener New Eyes, Old Lies seems to be the peak of the mountain with which this album can analogically be referred to, as it’s frankly impressive and easily the best song on the album. With driving riffs - and several inspiring solos – it sets the pace for an experience filled with excitement and ingenuity. Unfortunately, this exhilaration is short-lived and only acts as a seemingly impossible yardstick with which the remaining songs are failingly compared. Acoustic ballad Live in Me proves to be an unassuming, emotionless epic which is too dull and repetitive over it’s seven minute duration to warrant a second listen, while Conflicting Self works on a similar vain but keeps it shorter and catchier – much to it’s betterment.

Lyrically, lead singer Riccardo Mecchi proves to be adequate yet frequently uninspiring. Conceptually, the songs range from “consuming hate” to the typical anti-Bush sentiment, which does little to help Anarion stand out from most of its contemporaries. Album closer Another Level stands as one of the more cringe-worthy moments lyrically speaking:

“You! You think you’re better than everyone
You! You think you’re too good for us
I! Will absolutely destroy you
We! Are better off now without you
Things! Couldn’t be better than this
You! Don’t realize what you’ve left behind”


Greed of Man stands as the catchiest track on the album, with a chorus that will incessantly flutter around any listener’s head if they aren’t careful, and a frantic mid-section that features a good amount of solos and crushing percussion. Forgettable tracks Broken Truths and Below sound too similar by contrast, and unfortunately pale under comparison, while short instrumental Buried deserves a longer track-time, yet unfortunately acts as nothing more than a fleeting introduction to the closing song. Bonus track Over the Wall gives no clue to it’s inclusion, as it stands as the simplest composition on the album and seems rather generic.

Anarion are a band of remarkable technical ability, yet unfortunately Unbroken proves conceptually and musically dull compared to albums recorded as far as twenty years ago. This is a shame, as every member seems comfortable in their respective positions, and they are noted for being exceptional live – something which I have no trouble supposing. It seems it will have to wait until Anarion’s sophomore effort before a unique approach to the heavy-metal genre can hopefully be realized. Otherwise, it’s the Melbourne pub circuit destined for them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
November 15th 2007


17312 Comments


I was listening to the song that's available on this review and thinking that this sounded pretty cool, but then I saw where you said that this is their best song, and the others fail to keep the standard... it's hard to believe that an album that contains this song could be a 2... but then I think of Dragonforce and how good some of their songs are individually.
Another good review.

Jim
November 15th 2007


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

thanks man

but then I think of Dragonforce and how good some of their songs are individually.
case in point! :P

Jim
November 16th 2007


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

can i get some comments love?

Willie
Moderator
November 16th 2007


17312 Comments


You've got this album listed as a 2 on the review, and as a 1.5 on your ratings... ;)

Jim
November 16th 2007


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

well personally i find this album to be incredibly boring, but as i'm not a usual metal fan (although i seem to be swinging that way recently), others who are more attuned to the genre may find something they like that i have missed. plus it's a debut so im being a bit forgiveable

i'm quite proud of this review strangely =/ it's one of the better i've done i feel. probably because it's easier to write insults than praise :p

Willie
Moderator
November 16th 2007


17312 Comments


ha ha, I just mean that your rating isn't consistent... the review has it listed at a 2 and your profile (the rating next to the comments) has it listed as a 1.5.

As far as comment love goes, people have stopped commenting a lot lately... don't know why.This Message Edited On 11.16.07

Jim
November 16th 2007


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

yeah alot of my review ratings are inconsistent with my personal ratings. i rate a review from the point of view of someone who has never heard the CD, whereas my personal rating is how i feel about the CD at this time.

i dont know it's just the way i roll :P

this review was close to getting a 2.5 but i thought it a shade too generous. it's a shame because the production is excellent (as you can no doubt gather from the song on this page)

Willie
Moderator
November 16th 2007


17312 Comments


Yeah, it's always better to under-rate then to overrate, because at least if you under-rate and someone listens then they might be surprised... if you overrate they'll probably just be pissed off when they check it out... or at least disappointed.

hayleyhunt
June 28th 2008


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah you are right, i love this album a lot, but any metal i like basically. Its not the best but it was one of the first metal albums i ever liked so it gets higher points for that.

harleyZHC
February 9th 2013


4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Very boring album, that I agree. By the way, for anyone who reads this, it actually isn't their debut album, they had an earlier and better power metal release called The Journey Begins.



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