Mathew Lim
Impressions


4.5
superb

Review

by merpmerp USER (8 Reviews)
July 10th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From the depths of his bedroom, Mathew Lim takes you on a journey through his life in 11 tracks of pure emotion.

I woke up today to a new shoutbox post, which rarely happens for this D-list Sputnik user. The post contained a link to an album stream, and feeling generous I decided to give it a listen. I had never heard of the artist, and with an album name like 'Impressions' I expected to hear generic metalcore. Instead, I was taken on a trip through the mind of Mathew Lim, a talented young guitarist who gives you his all through the 11 tracks featured on this album.

Kicking off with a classic rock sounding riff and intense harsh vocals, 'Impressions' takes no time throwing you into the action. Drums are blaring behind the aggressive vocals, all complementing the skillful guitar work. It all slows down, resulting in a calming melodic passage, which abruptly ends and leads to some amazing guitar solos. Mathew Lim certainly knows his way around a guitar. His blazing-fast, yet highly technical solos are found on almost all of the tracks, and each one is just as impressive as the next. However; solos are not all that this talented guitarist has to offer. He often will play beautiful, well-crafted melodic passages, showcasing a softer side of not just his guitar playing, but his vocals as well. "Novella" showcases this perfectly, starting with a slow riff and haunting vocals, all building up to an explosive solo.

Lyrically, Mathew Lim pours his heart and soul into this album. Each song tells a story, either of betrayal, hatred, anger, or even heartbreak. The lyrics are well written and delivered nicely, whether it be through his aggressive, angst-filled harsh vocals, or his soothing, calming clean vocals. His vocal performance is not to be ignored, even if you are caught up in the instruments most of the album.

Overall, this album is filled with emotion, and showcases the talent of a extremely gifted young musician. From interesting riffs, to technical solos, and even beautiful melodies, Mathew Lim will have your attention throughout the entire album, and you'll let him, as you are just as caught up listening to the music as he is playing it.

"Here's my debut album, 'Impressions'. 11 songs I wrote and recorded in my room about all the struggles I've faced. Each song has it's own story and it's own outcome. From this, I've come to realize that the hard things in life only make us stronger. I hope by listening to these eleven songs, you will be able to relate to my experiences and overcome any of life's challenges. God bless." - Mathew Lim



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Comments:Add a Comment 
merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm definitely not the right person to review this, but I thought it would be the best way to get his name out there. Anyway here's an album stream, go nuts.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbomNhxXi20

merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

go ahead. you'll probably be able to review it better

dimsim3478
July 10th 2013


7725 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Unreal quality for a bedroom recording.

merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed.

Azn.
July 10th 2013


5632 Comments


this is pretty cool

tempest--
July 10th 2013


20597 Comments


"you'll probably be able to review it better"

lol

merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

exactly.

Azn.
July 10th 2013


5632 Comments


is this seriously a bedroom recording?

merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet dig btw azninva5in. oh and yeah, this was all done in his bedroom

Azn.
July 10th 2013


5632 Comments


thanks lol

and that's incredible...it sounds pretty professionally done

merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the guys got talent.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2013


22827 Comments


First sentence made me laugh. Nice review man pos

Digging: Amy Shark - Night Thinker

merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks Atari!

pillowhard
July 10th 2013


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brilliant album. Thanks for reviewing this!

merpmerp
July 10th 2013


804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no problem pillowhard. thanks for showing it to me

trainofconsequence
October 23rd 2013


1442 Comments


This album was fucking awesome



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