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MEKONG DELTA IN A MIRROR DARKLY REVIEW 2014

 

MEKONG DELTA - IN A MIRROR DARKLY

STEAMHAMMER/SPV

APRIL 29 2014

 

 

Mekong Delta doesn’t do ‘easy’. With a blend of Thrash, Prog, Technical and Classical Metal they manage not so much create music as to sculpt it.

 

With a heap of hugely influential works behind them dating back to 1987 and including the equally impressive 2005 comeback ‘Lurking Fear’ Mekong Delta has managed to keep the journey of discovery interesting an essential again on ‘In A Mirror Darkly’. Picking up where 2010’s ‘Wanderer on the Edge of Time’ left off ‘Mirror’ is if anything even more impressive in its eight songs (including three instrumentals).

 

Arrangements as you might expect are diverse and wonderfully innovative and complex with a heavy Tech-Thrash bent and production is immense! On an album like this of course it’s hard to play favourites or for me even to suggest that you don’t just put this on end-to-end with a great set of cans and prepare to open your mind.

 

There are plenty of up-tempo moments to enjoy like ‘Hindsight Bias’, plenty of experimentation like on ‘The Armageddon Machine’ with its relentless melodies riding deep Spanish rhythms. It’s the instrumentals though that really gripped me and show the real scope of Mekong Delta (check out ‘Ouveture’ my favourite moment here perhaps today at least). If you like the foot off the pace ‘The Silver in God’s Eye’ and ‘Janus’ open every possibility up all over again.      

 

Stunningly good.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

MEKONG DELTA IN A MIRROR DARKLY REVIEW 2014