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Review: Detonation - Portals to Uphobia
Portals to Uphobia

Label: Osmose Productions
Year released: 2005
Duration: 43:50
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 20, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Portals to Uphobia

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

It's been a while since I last had some exposure to melodic death metal. I just grew tired of the genre quickly. There isn't much to say about this that hasn't been said for good melodic DM albums in the past. This is quite standard with a few highlights, but also very well done and doesn't sound like a 3rd rate clone of *insert popular melodic DM band here*. The vocals are the usual for the genre, a lightened death growl style that gets the job done. Some of the guitar work here borrows more from real death metal than most melodic DM bands, and this album is quite heavy at times, giving it a less "diluted" sound than what one would usually expect from this genre.

Verdict: If you can't get enough melodic death metal, by all means this is worth checking out. If you could never stand the genre, this album doesn't have enough in it to change your mind. For those hovering on the line, there are some interesting moments in here, and the somewhat heavier style and occasional death metal-ish riffage could be of interest. I can't say this revived my interest in the genre, but it sure was better than most melodic DM albums I heard in the past three years or so. Rather than spend your money on the big names in melodic DM (which have all mostly sucked big time for a few years now), spend it on this band.

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