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Delight: Breaking Ground

The origins of Polish goth/ metal outfit Delight began over ten years ago when they originally went by the name of Sator. They eventually changed their name just prior to recording their debut album Last Temptation for Metal Mind Records in 2000. Since that time the group has released a handful of full length releases with Breaking Ground, which was originally issued in the band's native country back in 2007, being their most recent effort.

Produced by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Paradise Lost, Frontline Assembly) Breaking Ground is a solid if somewhat formulaic album that combines clean sounding, melodic metal riffs with liberal doses of electronics. The main attraction here has to be vocalist Paulina Maslanka who's voice has a very soothing and natural sounding timbre. Her velvety smooth delivery on the commercial sounding ballads "Fire", "Juliet" and the up tempo made for radio single "Sleep With The Light On" complements the music perfectly. When the band ops for a slightly heavier direction for example on "Divided" and "Every Time" she sounds equally as comfortable and just as capable of turning in a ballsier performance.

These twelve compositions are well produced, the overall sonic qualities are very good and the musicians all turn in credible performances. However Breaking Ground seems to be a bit of a deceiving title because that doesn't appear to be their intent musically as they seem fairly content to stick to the same commercial pop/ rock sounding formula for the majority of the album. There's nothing wrong with that approach, however as I listened to Breaking Ground I kept hoping the band would veer off in a heavier direction and really utilize the electronic aspect a bit more to give their music a bit more of an impact. I think this would have helped create some much needed diversity and made for more well rounded listening experience as a whole. Overall Breaking Ground isn't a bad release, but on the other hand there isn't a lot here to really reach out and grab you either.

Track Listing
1) Divided
2) Sleep With The Light On
3) In Too Deep
4) Reasons
5) Fire
6) Every Time
7) Emotune
8) More
9) Juliet
10) All Alone
11) Your Name
12) Bare Tree
13) Divided (Video Bonus)

Added: February 15th 2009
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Metal Mind Productions
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Language: english

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