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Oxidize – Dark Confessions

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Meet Gothenburg melodic metal band Oxidize. The band just released their album Dark Confessions on Friday and it’s one you want to for a spin.

Having not heard of this band before this album, I had zero expectations. As I started listening I was immediately pulled into the intro with a looped waning guitar that was met with a powerful screaming vocal that ripped this album wide open.


In this opening track, Heading for Tomorrow, there was a blended backing vocal track with a much lower octave that added this dark vibe that gave the track much more depth. It was a great start to the album and at the same time gave me an expectation of what I thought should come throughout this album. Oxidize clearly started this experience off with impact, but would it hold for the rest of the experience?

It did. There was a great mix throughout this album of heavy, powerful tracks mixed with a few slower tracks that held as much power yet in a different style of power. I really liked the flow of this album and how it pulled the listening experience in a number of directions. There are intricacies that music lovers are going to take hold of in the music as well as the vocals that appear on each track. From heavy riffs, technical arrangements, great melodies, cinematic choruses, intense tempos and even tracks with vulnerability that slow the experience down while still elevating it. The vocals stand out on this album from the tone, control, and great range. If you are a fan of interesting, unexpected and well controlled vocals this is an album for you.

After taking this album for a full spin I can say it is an album you will want to take a listen to. There’s something for all music listeners to enjoy and this album does a great job with the push and pull of style and tempos to keep listeners interested through the entire album.

Oxidize
Album: Dark Confessions
Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Wormholedeath Records
Release Date: 2020-5-22
Rating: 4/5
Best tracks: Revolution, Coma, Tell Me Why, Titanic

BETYGSSKALAN

5.0 – Mästerverk! Fullkomligt perfekt. Inte ett enda svagt spår! Finns ingenting att klaga på.
4.5 – Stark fyra. Utmärkt! Snudd på perfekt men det lilla extra saknas för att rankas som mästerverk.
4.0 – Stabil fyra. Mycket bra! Har någonting extra!
3.5 – Stark trea. Riktigt bra!
3.0 – Stabil trea. Tämligen bra. Lite spretig men ändå god musikunderhållning.
2.5 – Medelmåttig men lyssningsbart.
2.0 – Hyfsad! De sämre låtarna är tyvärr betydligt fler än de bra. Lämnar mycket att önska.
1.5 – Ganska dålig.
1.0 – Väldigt dålig. I stort sett bortkastad tid.
0.5 – Urusel! Plågsam upplevelse!

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