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Neaera: Let the Tempest Come

Germany's Neaera return with their sophomore release Let the Tempest Come. As with much of the German metalcore scene (Heaven Shall Burn, Maroon, Caliban, etc.) the band does a good job of creating competent metal that draws heavily from the Swedish Gothenburg scene and throws in some hardcore elements for good measure. More than a few hints to At the Gates and In Flames exists on Let the Tempest Come, as Neaera manages to put together some nifty riffs, plenty of intricate harmony guitar leads, the raspy screams from Benny Hilleke, and plenty of heavy grooves. In fact, give the band some props here, as their brand of metalcore is much more interesting and exciting than a lot of what is being produced here in the US these days. Tunes like "God-Forsaken Soil" and the rampaging "Heavenhell" are two songs that come to mind as being above average metal thumpers, complete with inventive riffage, plenty of breakdowns, and even some catchy melodies amidst the ferocity. The two-guitar tandem of Tobias Buck and Stefan Keller do a damn fine job here of laying down some vicious riffs and wild dual leads & harmonies; just listen to them rip of the savage 'Paradigm Lost", a hot song with plenty of guitar firepower.

While Let the Tempest Come may not sound a hell of a lot different from the bands debut The Rising Tide of Oblivion, and many of the songs here tend to sound a bit alike, it's otherwise a good slice of modern metal. If you dig bands like Unearth, Trivium, Arch Enemy, God Forbid, and the old time greats At the Gates and In Flames, then definitely check this out.


Track Listing
1. Mechanisms of Standstill
2. Let the Tempest Come
3. Plagueheritage
4. God-Forsaken Soil
5. Heavenhell
6. Desecrators
7. Crimson Void
8. I Love the World
9. Paradigm Lost
10. Life Damages the Living
11. Scars of Gray

Added: May 24th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Neaera Website
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Language: english

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