Graveshadow – Ambition’s Price

Rating: 1/5
Distributor/label: Self-released
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://graveshadow.bandcamp.com/album/ambitions-price
Band Website: http://www.graveshadow.com/


BAND LINE-UP:

Heather Michele – Vocals
Will Walker – Rhythm Guitars
Aaron Robitsch-Lead Guitars
Roman Anderson – Drums
Ben Armstrong – Bass

TRACKLISTING:

1. Doorway To Heaven
2. Widow And The Raven
3. Ambition’s Price
4. Hero Of Time
5. The Gates
6. The Unspoken
7. Return To Me
8. Call of the Frostwolves – I. Slave
9. Call of the Frostwolves – II.Liberator
10. Call of the Frostwolves – III. Warchief
11. Eden Ablaze

REVIEW

Caveat! I seem to be the only person in the world with below opinion. Everyone else seems to love this band. As an example I give you http://www.metal-rules.com/2018/04/01/graveshadow-ambitions-price/ . I’m definitely the weirdo here, but I stand by my decision.

It’s difficult to know where to start with this album. I’ll do it in escalating points that annoy me.

First – Graveshadow is an objectively good name for a metal band. It screams metal at you. They do not deserve to have such a good name.

Secondly – this may or may not be the band’s fault, but the description of their genre that came through was ‘female metal’. What the fuck is female metal? Metal is metal, it is not gendered. This is as patronising as the Bic biros for her (really recommend reading the reviews btw, hilarious). I’ve reviewed another band this month with a female singer and her gender is utterly academic; they’re just a good band.

Finally, and most importantly – this album is absolute shit. I didn’t like it from the get-go, but seriously by the time you get to ‘Hero of Time’ I realised just how embarrassing this really is. That chord change is utterly unforgivable; listen to it and you’ll know exactly what I mean. It belongs in a pop song. If Girls Aloud had one too many white wine spritzers (or whatever the fuck those chavvy little racists drink) and decided to try to write a metal song, it would sound like this. To top it all off, they had the bloody gall to employ a tierce de Picardie. This is less metal than my septuagenarian mother – in fact it’s metal that’s perfect for any ligyrophibic toddlers with anxiety issues.

I always try to be objective when critiquing the work someone else has poured their heart into. I respect bands of a similar ilk, like Epica and to a lesser extent Nightwish, even though I’d never choose to listen to them. But there’s something to Graveshadow that I find despicable. The musicians are, I would say, better than average individually but I can’t escape the feeling that this has been designed to be popular and sell records.  It’s truly lowest common denominator stuff and I cannot believe that this is a release for anything other than making money. It definitely isn’t art for art’s sake – and that’s verging on immoral in my mind.

As I prefaced, everyone has their own views and mine is, at best, amateur and insignificant. You are welcome to like them. But if you do, I don’t think we can be friends.

REVIEW BY BOB DAVIDSON
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