Not sure what to think of this latest from German veterans Pyogenesis, titled A Kingdom to Disappear. On one hand, the band, who originally toiled in a sort of gothic doom realm back in the '90s, seem to be quite adept at garage punk/alternative themed music, complete with plenty of hooks and a fiery attitude, but on the opposite end of the spectrum they can also inject some decent death metal as well as power metal influences into their style. Which band they want to be is anyone's guess. "Every Man for Himself...And God Against All" contains some catchy melodies and solid clean vocals, before death metal growls come out of nowhere to take the listener completely by surprise. The title track features an arrangement that wouldn't have sounded out of place on an '80s Def Leppard record, while both "I Have Seen My Soul" and "We (1848)" have a certain Irish/Celtic rock flavor that is quite infectious. The band fully embraces their death metal roots on "Blaze, My Northern Flame", a great tune but one that sounds out of place here, and the closing epic "Everlasting Pain" has a sort of dreamy pop/doom/gothic tone to it that's not too far removed from Anathama, complete with some tasty guitar work and layers of vocals.
While some might fully embrace the wealth of variety contained here, others might find A Kingdom to Disappear disjointed and chaotic. As a Celtic/alternative/punk/pop band these guys really hit the mark, as the album contains plenty of soaring hooks that are instantly memorable, but it's hard to judge their extreme metal side as they just throw elements in here and there that confuse more than embellish. Either way, a solid album that's also baffling at times.
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1. Sleep Is Good (Intro)
2. Every Man For Himself And God Against All
3. I Have Seen My Soul
4. A Kingdom To Disappear (It's Too Late)
5. New Helvetia
6. That's When Everybody Gets Hurt
7. We (1848)
8. Blaze, My Northern Flame
9. Everlasting Pain