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Hadean - "Parasite" (CD)

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"Parasite" track listing:

1. Damnation (4:15)
2. Earth (5:56)
3. Proclamation (Clouds) (5:21)
4. The Weeping Willow (4:40)
5. The Prophecy (Of our Perdition) (3:42)
6. Perseverance (Jerusalem Pt.I) (5:13)
7. Deception (5:40)
8. Lethe (3:12)
9. Melancholia Stream (7:24)
10. Burning Eden (11:21)

Reviewed by on May 23, 2011

"From the polished sound to the tight musicianship and on to the interesting take on melodic metal, Hadean’s debut album is a triumph not just for heavy metal, but for music in general."

Hadean is one of those bands that reaffirms why metal heads listen to this genre in the first place, but also shows that sometimes the most talented bands can infuriatingly slip through the cracks. From the polished sound to the tight musicianship and on to the interesting take on melodic metal, Hadean’s debut album is a triumph not just for heavy metal, but for music in general.

The tracks contained on “Parasite” have easily recognizable influences from well-defined genres, such as thrash and power metal, as well as from more amorphous entities, such as prog, but overall the album has a unique sound. Each style that the band draws from is molded in a different direction so the music is something all its own, rather than just another addition to a specific sub-genre. At the end of the day, “heavy metal” is just about the only tag that adequately describes the album, even if it leaves out all the other musical leanings that can be heard on the disc.

Vocalist Michael "Fry" Haas tends to go a route that is most closely aligned with power metal, although his singing isn’t nearly as high pitched as many other musicians who call that style home. To mix it up there are also occasionally rougher sounds delivered that don’t quite go all the way into growling, instead staying somewhere around what might be expected from a heavier thrash album.

Songs like “Earth” keep up that trend of mixing various melodic styles together, using several laid back and guitar heavy segments that bring to mind a blend of Iced Earth and Pain of Salvation. “Proclamation (Clouds)” is the knockout track of the album, combining fast paced and headbang-worthy material with enough melodic elements to keep it sounding like the rest of the music around it. The song’s only downside is the voiceovers played underneath the music. While it may fit the concept of the album, it also detracts from the music a bit and gets annoying after repeated listens.

Clearly Hadean isn’t trying to be an extremely technical metal outfit, but the ability of these musicians is something worth mentioning. Each member is exceedingly proficient at what they do, whether during soft acoustic segments or fast head banging outings, and they all handle their instruments with skill and grace.

It’s not often that a debut album is as well produced, performed, and delivered as “Parasite.” Simply put, Hadean deserves to make a meteoric rise out of obscurity and into the forefront of melodic metal.

Highs: Fantastic musicianship and great blend of melodic style power metal with prog and thrash aspects

Lows: Instrumental interludes break the album's flow a bit and could have been shorter, and some of the songs sound overly similar.

Bottom line: Unique melodic heavy metal that combines many different styles and is far better than the average debut album.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)