Thursday, January 15, 2015
Vanagloria: La Dinamica del Miedo (2014)
Well enough about the genre, what do we have here? The riffing style is at times edgy and aggressive, and at others incredibly melodic. The band makes liberal use of keyboards and techno/industrial elements at times, particularly in the intro track.
The vocals are definitely on the extreme end for this style of metal, but not all power metal features particularly melodic vocal styles. Just look at Helstar and the weird Finnish groups like Children of Bodom and their ilk. On occasion, the vocals are delivered with a more extreme backing track, or the vocalist actually uses more extreme vocal styles at times. There was also a female guest vocalist on one track which brought quite a bit of dynamics to the track. The vocals are all in Spanish, which is not surprising. My Spanish is a tad rusty so I have a little bit of trouble figuring out what they are singing about.
Despite the disparate styles of metal combined by this band, the songs were surprisingly cohesive. There are definitely some unusual things going on at times, but the band is talented enough to keep things from turning into a mess. In fact, the album is quite interesting. It is likely one I will need to hear a few times to really get a good idea of what is going on. But it was definitely good enough to bear repeated listens.