Limbo-X – Outburst by Beth Avison

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label: Roar! Rock of Angels Records
Released: 2nd February 2014

Limbo-X
Band line-up

Giorgos Roubalas – Vocals
Vasilis Trikkas – Guitar
Giannis Stergiou – Guitar
Michalis Papadopoulos – Bass
Platonas Karavasiloglou – Drums

Tracklist

1. Feel an Absence Everyday
2. Cut the Ties
3. An Illusion to Last
4. It’s Time to Hear
5. Rainy Days
6. Far Away From Home
7. Everyday (In Different Way)
8. Important (What Is It)
9. Through the Mist
10. Only for a While

Review

It can be difficult for a band who starts out life as a tribute act to break the mould and compose inspired, original material. Greek five-piece Limbo-X’s roots lie within covering the tracks of well-established artists such as Slayer and Sepultura, but now they have taken a step into the unknown with their debut album ‘Outburst’.

Make no mistake, this is mostly your usual angsty death metal fodder that would appeal to fans of Lamb of God et al. Limbo-X certainly provide a biting ferocity with their music, showing their enthusiasm for the genre. However, there is very little in the way of striking moments and just one listen to the whole thing leaves a sense of disappointment. There could have been much more here, but many of the tracks feel simply uninspired. This is not helped by the vocals, which lack the frenzy of the rest of the music and leave much room for improvement.

One thing in which Limbo-X really do come into their own is with the mash of other genres they weave into their death metal tapestry. “Rainy Days” is a full-on thrash offensive whilst “An Illusion to Last” is rife with groove metal influences, perhaps a nod to the band’s Pantera-worshipping past. All of these styles are mixed in a well constructed way which shows there is potential here waiting to be unleashed. This is also one of the most honest albums I’ve heard in quite a while, and even though it’s far from a masterpiece, at least there are no gimmicks attached to this all guns blazing approach to metal.

‘Outburst’ is surely no stand-out album and becomes repetitive and mediocre after more than one play. However, music like this does have a fanbase and whilst you may not choose to listen to this at home after a hard days’ work, the generic metal club masses might have found their new favourite record.

Review by Beth Avison
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