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Prayed And Betrayed - The Abundance Of A Sickened Mind

Prayed And Betrayed
The Abundance Of A Sickened Mind
by Danny Sanderson at 19 August 2014, 7:59 PM

When it comes to Melodic Death Metal, Finland essentially has the market cornered in great and successful bands. Whether it's a synth-laden CHILDREN OF BODOM track, a folky ENSIFERUM tune or a sorrowful INSOMNIUM song, if it's from the Land of a Thousand Lakes, there's a good chance that it is at the forefront of the Melo-Death scene. In the wake of such great acts, many new bands are beginning to emerge; some are on a par with their heroes, such as Helsinki's BRYMIR, who ended up touring with ENSIFERUM after idolising them for years, whereas some are abysmal. PRAYED AND BETRAYED is neither. They aren't necessarily a bad band, but they fall under the radar in favour of the many titans that hail from their home country. Their new three song EP, "The Abundance of a Sickened Mind", is a great example of this.

The first song, "Deafblind", which acts as a single from the EP, is decent. It has a chuggy sound to it, and there is a hint of melody in the background. However, the whole album runs into itself. By this, I mean that all the songs could very well be one long one, rather than being standout musical pieces in their own right. This is the case for both "World Surreal" and the title track, which are very run-of-the-mill Melodic Death Metal songs. "World Surreal" is perhaps the best song on offer here, as there is a lot more going with the guitar lines here as opposed to the two songs that sit at either side of it on the album. This is the kind of Melodic Death Metal that I want to here throughout an entire album; catchy and more technically proficient than a thick guitar chug. Likewise, the final, self-titled track on the album is a decent medium paced track, and all of the ingredients are there to make it a great song, but it sadly falls short of this and slips into generic territory instead of building into a grand epic.

As I said at the start of this review, this band is neither good nor bad; there are definitely far worse bands in the genre, but they seem to be sticking to a safer and better trodden path musically at the moment. If there is any way I think that this could be improved, it's that. This band needs to stray from that path onto the road less travelled. Adding a unique element to the music, such as Folk Music or Synths, has helped propel some of Finland's best acts out of the mire of mediocrity and onto the worldwide Metal stage. This is a band that has the potential to gain a name for themselves, and hopefully their next outing will see them improve in leaps and bounds.

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Deafblind
2. World Surreal
3. The Abundance of a Sickened Mind
Lineup:
Tatu Hanhikoski - Vocals
Antti Lukkari - Guitars
Panu Korhonen - Guitars
Juho Suomi - Drums
Otto Puusaari - Bass
Record Label: Independent
     


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