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Review: New Eden - Solving for X
New Eden
Solving for X

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 47:23
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: June 7, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Solving for X

Rated 3.13/5 (62.5%) (8 Votes)

New Eden's Solving for X is all about dark, aggressive Power Metal. The guitars are sharp and staccato, almost Thrash-like. The vocals are OK though much the same from one song to the next and are noticeably augmented by effects.

On the surface, Solving for X reminds me of Soulitude with a nod to Pharaoh and some Threshold-style Progressive Metal. The sound is more "modern" than any of those bands, though I wouldn't necessarily classify it is "nu" or anything like that. Still, the specter of the down tuned, 7-string guitar hangs heavy over the album and drags down many of the melodies.

I don't trash albums because I don't like the style but my issue with Solving for X goes beyond that. Most of the songs sound very much like one another there aren't any great songs that make the album worth going back to over and over. The decision to end the album with "Three Words," a song that sounds like a metallic reject from a Sergio Leone movie soundtrack, with its mournful lyrics and country drum beat, is another nail in the coffin. Decently played but rather dull and monotonous.

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