Season of Mist (2012)
Once again Sweden's very own Engel makes its presence known with its Modern Metal. Music built for stadiums and year and a half long tours.
With members that built their foundations in bands like Gardenian and The Crown behind the wheel, and the producer Tue Madsen, the man responsible for albums by The Haunted and Dark Tranquility among others, in the pit, you know you're getting quality race-car Metal here. You know everything's been thought through, things tried out, evaluated and tested until it broke. Then fixed, re-tuned and improved.
Alas, the Modern Metal of Engel isn't exactly modern, it seems to be Swedish approach to American Nu-Metal, something I blissfully believed only existed in urban myths and the occasional Limp Bizkit video. I'm not too happy that they took that belief away from me. So, "modern" in this case actually means "old". It means Linkin Park on steroids. A bit of Cazares' Fear Factory, a bit of Tägtren's Pain, even a bit of Static-X... Yeah, you get the idea. Extremely well done Metal for the target audience of 11 - 16 year olds, but nonetheless not exactly modern.
Rating: 4 / 6
Composed by Eyvindur Gauti