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The Great Pan(dem)ic
Empire of Dirt
Bertrand Pinna – Guitar
Diogo Bastos – Guitar/backing vox
Jeff Jonas – Bass
Laurent Kessel – Drums
Sacha Breuer – Vocals
At first glance of this release's artwork I instantly thought of another in much the same 'Art Nouveau' style (1920's era), an album (cover artwork) by Soilent Green entitled Sewn Mouth Secrets (IMO also well worthy of a listen *All Soilent Green is worth hearing.). I have doubts though that these two bands sound anything at all alike.
The third track's introduction is fueled by impressive and emotional solos, an introduction of Dream Theater–esque proportions. The remainder of The Great Pan(dem)ic is unrelenting and dizzying in its intensity. The first whiff of a prog type groove arrives in the form of the introduction to Psychogenesis. A back and forth vocal attack, growling and a more traditional death style grunt, make this a standout track for me.
Dare I say I have started to detect the slightest smidgen of Meshuggah's influence thus far in this release, especially dominant in this track. My site partner, Feind, is admittedly more of a fan than I, having not yet read his take on this release I'm curious as to whether he has picked up on the same vibe. *No, I did not feel a Meshuggah influence and I am a giant Meshuggah fan!
The Knot is an interesting track, IMO, the most unique on the album, mid-paced guitar passages compliment a track bursting with an epic and proggressive aura, a palette cleanser of sorts.
The final track on the album, Medea, clocks in at close to a whooping twelve minutes running the gamut stylistically, in doing so. It implements several styles, more noticeably prog/doom (I'm thinkin shades of Mastadon here) and a higher level of technicality than found on the rest of the album. This track even implements deep, rich riffs clouded in darkness and emotion also more often associated with doom.
Influences are noticeably varied most notably leaning toward the melo-death genre (Sylosis, Trivium and Meshuggah… among others) with occasional vocal passages that remind me of Barney ala Inside the Torn Apart era Napalm Death and yet others that strongly remind me of an Abysmal Dawn style.
A great find, yet again, from Feind. Luxembourg can now truly boast something other than being a European country that the average American cannot name, even under duress. For this Dueling Review I definitely concur...