STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: "Alien" strapping young lad
release date 21.03.05 - check out http://www.centurymedia.de/syl/ to view the Making Of “Alien” online
cover by Par Johansson
preview - review by Artur Felicijan____
than ever before, the Strapping return with their brand new full-length
album "ALIEN", their 4th and most malevolent output to date!
thought there was no way of creating more insanely wild, atmospheric and
glorious album than it was their second release "City", which
by the opinion of many broke the boundaries of extreme metal. Whether
you're into Death or Black metal, I can tell you, nothing comes close to
Strapping Young Lad when measuring musical brutality and beauty at the
same time. What also needs to be mentioned is that this band was always
about being pissed off in the most extreme way possible. The lyrics and
the main concept were mostly about hatred and furious call for personal
retribution, while the music behind the raging metal aggression always
remained profound and sensitive. Simply glorious in most sophisticated
Again, there's an opening song on the album and it's called "Imperial", which in my opinion is the best characterization for this whole album. Total anger and mightiness combined, making each track a sublime musical annihilation inflicted upon the listener. "Alien" is an album with so much to offer, it is modern, heavy, brutal, mighty or any other great and glorious impression that comes to your mind. The only thing that can compare to this in it's fullness is... The previous releases of Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend, but nothing comes close. Okay, "City" was huge and groundbreaking, and other Devin's creations were also phenomenal, but this is all that mixed together and more.
3rd album "SYL" was a really good album, but I think, when
compared to "City" it was just too concentrated and a bit held
back. Now, "Alien" is totally unleashed of any boundaries and
you can easily hear and feel that while listening as it all sounds like
a musical cataclysm and this is the Metal Armageddon!!! This music was
made for gods!
vocals are Devin's best so far, really mature sounding, everything was
screamed and sung on purpose, with perfect tonality. The clear vocal
melodies make a strong impact on this album, and have really become
Devin's trademark. The production and sound is top-notch, clear but
still full of atmosphere and very open. Gene's drumming is mighty as
always, and the guitars sound better than ever.
an acoustic song, called "Two Weeks", and it is not only a
good song, but is also quite necessary. With 10 so intense and heavy
tracks, this one comes at the right time and it doesn't sound cheesy or
something like that at all. It is just a part of the whole atmosphere on
the album, it's a world standing still for those three and half minutes.
is without a doubt my personal No.1 album for 2005 already. It's such a
good feeling, when one of your favorite bands put out a new album and
it's better than anything they've made before, this happens rarely.
of you extreme metal fans who enjoy superb fast metal music with great
sound and production, you must get this album for your collection or
you're all just a bunch of pussies!
one is a must, and this time I really mean it!!!
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