Signs Of Existence
Unrelenting, diverse, melodic, utterly brilliant
Spinefarm Records is renowned for promoting some of the best metal bands in Europe, especially in the melodic death metal genre. Band such as Children Of Bodom and Dark Tranquility have released albums on the label, but there are stirrings in the Spinefarm camp as MyGrain, a band from icy Finland, have returned strong with a second album that may just put them directly in line as heirs to the genres throne.
MyGrain already released their debut full length record on the Spinefarm label, which has heavy Nordic influences and was very American in its style. But Signs Of Existence just goes to show that they are capable of developing their sound into something much more confident and strong. The Nordic influences are gone and there are now only traces of American machinegun riffs and guttural growls, the latter of which are borrowed from Randy Blythe from Lamb of God.
Every song on the album brings a new element to the mix, whether it be a shift in vocal style (In the track Shed The Skin the vocals deepen to sound as sickening as some death metal bands, and on the same track an operatic female voice can heard in the intro), or the inclusion of acoustic and serene synth interludes in many of the songs. MyGrain have definitely tried to put as much as they can into each song and the album as a whole, and they have pulled it off without confusing the listener or making the songs sound overcrowded.
There is a concept to the album, and from what I could gather and assume it has something to do with an alien invasion of Earth. The lyrics are imaginative and original, and the song titles reflect this with Asphyxiated And Inflammable and Killing Time being a couple of the more awesome titles, as well as a couple of the better songs. The former is the most melodic track of the album, whilst the latter has a raw Mushroomhead style to it which is unrelenting and powerful, yet still melodic in parts.
Signs Of Existence is one of my favourite albums to have emerged from 2007, and MyGrain will definitely be one of my favourite bands to keep an eye on in the future, as very few new bands are capable of delivering such precise, diverse music, and given some more time to master the craft they already excel at, these guys should be ready to take the throne.
(Spinefarm Records/Riot! Entertainment)
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