(Brutal Bands Records)
Even if I write for Voices, I actually read this webzine first and foremost as a fan, constantly seeking for new acts of interest. Frank's review regarding EMETH's first full length captured my interest, and it took no time for me ordering the new album of this Belgian band, "Reticulated". Well, I could have simply cut and paste Frank's review, so much it is relevant to describe this record. EMETH belong to this new wave of brutal and extremely technical Death Metal bands labels like Unique Leader made us accustomed for. To be technical in music is often a perilous bet to take, because the barrier separating excellent songs from nonsensical sterile demonstrations is tenuous. Let's say that EMETH offer a bunch of decent compositions, but the album needs time to be fully comprehensible. Personally I have to admit that something bothers me in this album, but I don't know what exactly. The production made by Daniel Bergstrand is faultless (even if the sound is too modern to my ears, I guess fans of Bergstrand's work will be ravished), the five musicians involved give all they can to convince, yet I think the music becomes a little bit too abstract in the end. It is not that I don't like technical Death Metal and circumvolutions in song writing, but in this genre, a band like PSYCROPTIC convinces me way much more. Despite their (too much) frantic efforts to build up varied songs, the EMETH musicians come up with a monotonous record that appears more like an amorphous mass of melted together riffs than a group of well delineated songs. On too much rare occasions, when the band slow down the pace and try to bring forth a relaxed ambience (like in 'Synoptical Incoherence'), EMETH show interesting ideas, too bad they didn't base the whole album on contrasts. I am sure this record can find its public, but I can't myself recommend it as a mandatory purchase. www.brutalbands.net.