Kaiken Kauniin Loppu
Uninspiring and generic, yet with glimmers of what could be.
Boring and unimaginative are the two best adjectives I can muster to adequately describe Finland's Wasara, who's bread and butter comes in the form of mid paced death rock with touches of moody guitar lines.
The biggest issue I have with this album is that there is nothing on offer that just grabs you by the balls and demands attention. Kaiken Kauniin Loppu is content to just amble along with generic riffs and rhythmic patterns, never venturing far from well established trends. Where's the experimentation or originality?
It's not the style that I dislike, but rather the way the band have performed it. There is nothing wrong with death rock. Plenty of bands have made a successful go of it. Such as Wasara's country men, Katatonia or even later day Entombed. But when you have such big shoes to fill, you need to have a pretty decent arsenal at your disposal and Wasara fall way short of the mark with this release. There are little to no catchy melodies or riffs, no unexpected drum patterns, and no standout vocals. It's depressing alright. Just not for the right reasons.
Of the thirteen songs on offer there are definitely a few that do come close to the mark. If all of the songs were of this calibre, then the album's score would have been much higher and would have demonstrated a level of creative consistency that the band sorely lack.
As grim as I make it sound, all is not lost for the band who do show signs of greatness. They will need to go back to the drawing board and have a long hard look at where they want to be and start developing a more mature, refined approach or else they will undoubtedly fall by the wayside like so many before them.
I can't in good conscience recommend this album to any but the most devoted followers of the death rock genre. If this is you, then sure, give it a whack. Otherwise I would definitely recommend you steer clear of this one.