||Powerful leads, heavy thrashy riffs, tantalizing
solos, pinpoint accurate drums all describe Darkane’s
new disc “Layer of Lies.” There are twelve tracks and
almost forty-three minutes on this forth album from this Swedish band.
Many layers of music exist on this release, and I will try to describe
the sound by relating it with other bands. The drums at times remind
me of Fear Factory or Machine Head with a precise sound, very crisp!
Several elements from Strapping Young Lad’s repertoire can be
felt throughout this disc. Darkane has a lot of the same creativity
on how the songs are put together…but this may not be as catchy
as SYL. Singing vocals on occasion are reminiscent of Devin Townsend,
even a similar death scream. The guitars can be very thrashy, almost
Swedish death style at times, akin to At The Gates. Rounding out this
compendium of metal, elements even remind me of Mercenary and Dark
Angel as well as progressive traits. It’s almost as if they
dwell on dynamics instead of just writing a song with great flow throughout;
a few riffs seemed like abrupt changes. This is more of a straightforward
technicality instead of a sound that sucks you into their music. But
don’t think the talent in the band limits their sound. If you
are into technicality, this will be very gripping for you. Darkane
do have many heavy, metal elements that should grab just about every
ones attention. My favorite track is “Contaminated” is
a good example. Not many tracks really overwhelmed my senses, but,
as I said, if you are into technical thrash, this disc is for you!