|Review: Xecsnoin - Corridor to the Frozen Sky|
|Corridor to the Frozen Sky|
Label: Black-Listed Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Corridor to the Frozen Sky
The land of the rising sun has some of the most dedicated metal fans in the whole world and they have a bunch of metal acts that are definitely worth a listen. One of the Japanese Metal acts that crossed my path and left a positive impression is the female-fronted 5-piece melodic Death Metal band named Xecsnoin, whose third album, Corridor to the Frozen Sky, was released by independent Japanese label Black-listed Productions at the end of 2014.
This 10-track effort is easily compared with Swedish Melodic Death Metal giants Arch Enemy due to the fact that there's a female named U taking care of all the vocals. Xecsnoin's melodic Death Metal is full of pleasing instrumental mastery similar to what one can find from Arch Enemy; basically the guitars get the spotlight. The band have definitely spent a lot of time shaping their songs into a tight mold, being aggressive but at the same time as melodic as possible. I think they have found a balance that should appeal to many melodic Death Metal fans.
As for some fair yet constructive criticism, vocalist U should concentrate on using and developing her death grunts rather than using clean vocals because that's where she fails, in my honest opinion. Her clean vocals aren't that good I am afraid. Also, they should avoid ripping off bands so noticeably. The song "Remaining" has a very familiar beginning and the first 20-seconds sound just like a well-known Amorphis song. When I first heard it I simply thought they were covering Amorphis.
Nonetheless, there's a lot of potential I would not be surprised one bit if they broke out of their native country into the wider international Metal market some day. The world of Metal music can take Corridor to the Frozen Sky as a fair storm warning.
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