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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Corpses, And Still No Life' - Vielikan (Single)

Last year, the world stood still as the Arab world split open. Sickened by oppression, the masses stepped up and sought to enact a change against the corrupt governments. Hailing from Tunisia, Vielikan experienced this upheaval first-hand. The flurry of negative emotions brought on by the government were finally allowed to be let loose, and were thus channelled into a single, released in the midst of the revolution. 'Corpses, And Still No Life' is a remarkably angry song, using the harsh death metal sound to convey the emotions of rage and excitement the band members were feeling. Although the track is not much in the way of melody, it manges to convey a thick sense of emotion. Especially brought into context, Vielikan have crafted a powerful piece of music here.

Although there is a slight Opeth-like progressive edge to the music, death metal is far and beyond, the most prominent aspect of the music. Morbid Angel comes to mind when hearing this, although speed is not the aim of this music. The track is focused around crushing heaviness and an 'epic' feeling that doesn't soften the bleak emotions. 'Anger' is the single word that comes to mind when listening to this, really. As far as death metal lyrics go, Vielikan handles the topics with intelligence, but they aren't safe for the playpen. Vocalist Fedor Souissi consistently refers to the government or head of state as 'the maggot', a piece of imagery that is nothing new for death metal, but gets given a bleak, real-world context this time around. Finishing up the song is an outro with an a-cappella passage of solo mosque singing; a very distinctive sound that immediately ties the music to its roots and origins. 'Corpses, And Still No Life' is a powerful piece of music, and while many metal bands may write about revolution, there are few bands that actually live through it.

Conor Fynes | 4/5 |


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