Anthem of the lost is a catchy piece of music, that takes inspiration from melodic death metal, and explores other genres to create a nice mix of melody and aggression. It’s a somewhat unclassifiable album, but you can recognize all the good elements from all the kinds of music they are borrowing from.
There are some good melodies. Neurosphere knows how to use good riffs, from the nice and epic melodeath riffs of “Glimpse to my Abyss” to the quiet beginning and faster progression of “The Reef”. Some moments, such as the choruses of “Glimpse” and “Doomcrafter”, or pretty much any moment where the band uses clean vocals, have a sort of power metal feel, and they’re quite catchy. And yet there are some beastly growls and heavy riffs to contrast all of this.
Indeed, Neurosphere can be both really heavy, like on the wild riffs and growls at the beginning of “Anything’s Given”, and very soft like the final ballad “The Reef”. This is reflected in the vocals. The band uses what I’ll call interplay, because it uses both call-and-response and finishing-each-other’s-sentences, between very low and fierce growls that are still easy to understand, gritty and nasally singing, and softer clean singing. I’ve always liked bands that mix different voices and singing styles.
This fits, because it’s a very diversified album in general. In addition to everything I’ve just described, there are also some industrial touches on “Mindquake”, and songs about various topics such as the complexities of society and the human mind. With its sometimes more complex songs with changing tempos, this album also has an obvious prog influence. This is particularly apparent in “Mindquake”, but also in the final ballad and most interesting song on the album, “The Reef”. This one starts off slow, before becoming heavier, while still keeping a mellow and soothing tone. So it feels like the ocean, with the small waves leaping over the sand, and then the bigger waves and the tempest starting, before calming down.
All of these styles combined create a rather enjoyable and well-crafted album. It’s short, but if you’re open to a somewhat atypical melodic death album with varied influences, it’s a rather nice way to pass the time.
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