[Album Review]: Arsames’ “Immortal Identity” (Full Length, 2010)

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Album Reviews
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It is evident, heavy metal through its growth has now been incorporating various regional sounds from throughout the world, caressing respective cultural vibes through the music and thus marking the music’s own distinct identity. In this very process, the band in hand, Arsames is a death metal group from Iran, who could be found labeling their style as “Persian ancient” death metal, in verge of merging metal with Persian sounds and scales.

Well, Arsames’ music could be defined to have been derived from the blend of thrash, heavy and death metal, with thrash/heavy influences more or less overcoming its death metal character at times. So don’t expect some straightaway death metal here. There are few of the Persian elements enclosed as well, but which I couldn’t significantly distinguish with the Arabic, Egyptian or other middle-eastern tunes mostly apparent in bands as Nile or Scarab. So I lean to conclude they are more or less similar when mixed with metal, perhaps.

The foremost thing to say – there is this thin production that is a bit distressful if you ask me. A denser sound would have done better. Beside this, the compositions seem cool enough, with melodies eminent throughout. Yes, the melodies seem to embrace the whole length – more observable in solos which run all over the places, and even along the riffing.

The drumming isn’t as intense as noticed in most of the death metal bands, but they do nothing unfair when considering rest of the instrumentations – slow to mid tempo most of the times, with regular ascendance in velocity, still bordered pleasantly by the Persian mark. And well, the vocals by Ali Madarshahi are quite charming as well – slightly throaty but still retaining the low notes, but which go faint at times.

So the sound of “Immortal Identity” could again be described as thrashy death metal (nothing old school) with deep growling vocals – the music that contains some traces of Persian traditional music. All in all, a good and worthy debut showcasing the immense talents of musicians in their individual level, but I’m optimistic that they would be approaching with a better and more bad-ass record in future.

7/10

Comments
  1. satokaru tapa says:

    awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  2. Samyam says:

    Thanks a lot. I really appreciate that.

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