Band : The Conjuration
Album/EP : Gospel
Genre: Progressive Metal
Label : N/A
Location : Danville, Virginia
FFO : Fear Factory, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless
When I think of self released projects, I also imagine shitty production or horrible mixing. This is not the case. It definitely sounds like he took his time writing this record. He definitely has a unique blend of multiple genres. Each of which he seems do to pretty well. I also am not trembly sure if he plays the instruments all himself, or if he programs drums. Even then, the facts that its a one man project, is what sticks out the most. Not a whole lot of people can really pull that off. So I give him major props for that. As far as the mix goes, I don’t hear anything wrong with it. Even if he plays all the instruments himself, all the levels sound pretty solid.
The flow of the music is really what catches me in most albums. To be honest, I can’t find a certain flow. Each song has some catchy parts then kind of just does a complete 180 on you. I know he was thinking out of the box per se. but honestly I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. It might be a little too out of the box for me. I’m not sure on a theme/narrative as well. But judging by the track titles and the overall vibe of the record, I feel like it is a religious battle between men. Now I could be terribly wrong. But who knows!
Now here comes the hard part, the replay value. Personally I probably won’t play this again. Not that I hate it, because I 100% respect it. I just don’t think I vibe with it too much. Now fans of bands like early BTBAM or even some of early The Faceless might vibe with it. It does have some super gnarly death metal parts. But the sudden switches between genres is what I’m not a huge fan of. Once again thats just me personally.
My favorite parts are definitely the death metal aspects. He’s got some super sick riffs and a great voice. I’m just not a big fan of sudden changes like that. If he eased into the genre changes more, I think I could enjoy it more. Compared to previous material, he hasn’t done things much different. Which is fine, not every artist needs to change every record. He found a niche and is running with it.
Overall, despite the things I have said, its not a terrible record. He hasn’t done anything bad with it, just not really my thing. Gospel is another Experimental/Progressive Metal album packed with utter chaos. The death metal undertone is layered with an almost black metal atmosphere. Then backed up by a BTBAMesque layer. Just because It isn’t for me, doesn’t mean it isn’t for fans of old Fear Factory or BTBAM.
Star Rating: 7.5/10
Strongest Song: The Rotting Congregration