I'll admit, the the two reasons I checked out this band were because I saw the name, TRUE. So simple, it made it stand out. But the main draw was the odd as hell cover art. Figured there has to be something unique and different if a band is going to use a classical composers face and then mess with his eyeballs (I guess this is swapping the opposite sides of the face or using two separate faces, right?). Anyways, if that was the intent, bravo, it worked on me.
Musically, what you have here is a fairly unique take on melodic death metal, with a healthy dose of the Croatian national instrument, the tambura thrown into the mix. At first listen it just felt like standard melo death with an interesting twist (which isn't a bad thing by any means). But after repeated listens I really warmed up to what they were doing. It feels like a mix of classic death metal fused with modern influences, yet never copying any one specific band (past or present). And for whatever reason there is an indiscernible quality to the whole album. Production is spot on, every instrument is well balanced against the others without anything dominating the mix. I went from "this is not a bad start" to "damn, this is a mighty fine album indeed".
Their debut album, Still Life, was released in 2010 (and also available on Bandcamp) and is more of a crusty death/grind with less tambura in it.
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