How long have we waited for this?....... announced ages ago, we
finally have it in our hands: the debut of Chuck Schuldiner's second
band CONTROL DENIED.
Of course, the gifted guitarist
has more important (health) problems to worry about at the moment
than a new album. But until nothing definite can be told about
that, we should not listen to rumors, but instead we should let
the music speak for itself.
And this is, on the tastefully
titled and covered album, again spectacular and actually exactly
what was to be expected: technical Power Metal, at times even
reminiscent of Nevermore.
The reason for this is not only
the unmistakable guitarplaying of Chuck himself, (who accents
notes in a similar way as the rhythm section of the "Seatle heroes"),
but above all the voice of Tim Aymar. He manages, Warrel Dane-like,
to sing high and clear on the one side, but on the other side
almost psychotic-atmospheric, and with this adds the necessary
feeling into the long tracks.
Of course this material in average
is more slow than the Death output. Which doesn't prevent some
of the eruptions to sound one hundred percent like the mainband.
Accordingly, "The Fragile Art Of Existence" requires intensive
listening, because none of the eight tracks present a musical
Play tip: the comprehensible and
ultra seductive "Expect The Unexpected". Besides the album being
constantly on the highest level, other highlights are: the opening
track "Consumed", taking the band to great heights, and then supplied
with a mega genius acoustic break in "When The Link Becomes Missing".
If Dream Theater was not in their
second youth at the moment, "The Fragile Art Of Existence" would
have been album of the month for sure!