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Artist:

Wastefall

Album:

Self Exile

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Sensory
Genre: [Technical Progressive Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.0


Last year Wastefall signed a management deal with Danish metal agency Intromental. Despite of the young age of this group, Wastefall has already released two albums prior to Self Exile through Sleaszy Rider Records. Now that the band has been signed to American Sensory Records, I assume they will become more known in the progscene. This group can be likened to Opeth, Pain of Salvation and Porcupine Tree. However, PoS influences are the most evident of these - Domenik Papaemmanouil has a quite similar voice to that of Daniel Gildenlw's.

Wastefall performs passionate progmetal without giving a hoot to over-technicality nor complexity of the material. Unfortunately this becomes the group's most evident weakness in the end. While there are some brilliant melodies at times, the songs don't deliver all the time. I hope they'll focus more on the brilliant melodies and less on technical gimmickry on their upcoming works - that way, they'd most certainly have better chance at success... the potential is there.

The production on this record is quite good, though I wish the drums wouldn't sound as triggered as they do. In addition, they should be less snappy. Nevertheless, the overall impression of Wastefall's Self Exile is certainly positive. Some tracks are better than others, and as a whole the record is fairly enjoyable technical progmetal album. In case you love Pain of Salvation's music, you should give Wastefall a listen.

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- MAGE (June 25th, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Papaemmanouil, Domenik: Lead Vocals, Guitars
Katsiyiannis, Alex: Guitars, Backing Vocals
Kyrkilis, Christos: Keyboards
Valetzis, Nick: Bass
Papaleksopoulos, Kostis: Drums and Percussion
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Wastefall - Self Exile  CD  Cover Image
01. Intro
02. Willow Man
03. The Muzzle Affection
04. Dance of Descent
05. Another Empty Haven
06. Strife for Definition
07. Sleepwalk
08. E.Y.E.
09. Utopia Fragmented
10. 4 Minutes to Abandon
11. Provoke the Divine

Length: 51:10
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