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Azure Emote – The Gravity of Impermanence

by Cory Van der Pol
September 24, 2013 –

azure_emote-the_gravity_of_impermanenceAlthough there’s a very noodly and “progressive” surface to Azure Emote, what lies beneath the skin is a mixture of speed metal and alternative rock. That gets layered in metal riffs, jazzy guitars, industrial-style vocals and complex percussion.

The Gravity of Impermanence despite having a cool-sounding name delivers almost nothing of what we want from progressive metal, which is puzzles. Games. Brain witchcraft. Interesting twists and turns that make us look forward to another day of being alive, again.

Instead, Azure Emote deliver relatively consistent surges of volume in vocals and drums, and “unpredictability” that’s so predictable it’s like watching a dancer so bad she lunges in exactly the wrong direction at the wrong time. As if sensing this is paltry, the band experiments with extensive vocal weirdness and frequent build-up/break-down types structures.

Perhaps looking for some underground cred, Azure Emote throw in every third riff as something vaguely death metallish in the Nocturnus-Obliveon spectrum of technical riffs. However, without the context to support it, it becomes random instead of interesting.

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3 comments

  • Lord Mosher

    Let’s email reviews like this one to the bands themeselves and see if they care. Hopefully they will fall back here and pour their butthurt comments for our entertainment. Because seriously, without the butthurt band members showing up like the Ara guys, what’s the poing in reading reviews about these emo bands? No disrespect to Cory but, unless I’m missing on something, I’d think of Deathmetal.org to be the last place where I should find about these sucky bands. Seriously, it’s like meeting up with really intelligent people, just to end up chatting about the latest iphone apps.

    1. Brett Stevens

      Because seriously, without the butthurt band members showing up like the Ara guys, what’s the poing in reading reviews about these emo bands?

      Participation in the metal community and expression of viewpoints that, while you hold them, would be better held by more people.