MILES TO PERDITION – 2084

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Perdition Records (DIY album)
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://milestoperdition.bandcamp.com
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/milestoperdition

Band Line-up:

Vocals: Ken
Guitars: Joey
Guitars: Chris
Bass: Mulles
Drums: Dany

Tracklisting:

1. Final Warning
2. Terror of lies
3. To the guns
4. S.O.M.A
5. Divide Et Impera
6. Cognitive Dissonance
7. Doom

Review:

Miles To Perdition are a melodic death metal band on DIY label, Perdition Records. They released their first EP called ‘Vengeance’ in 2010 and performed a huge amount of shows in and out of home country Luxembourg, during that time. Following the release of their debut full-length album ‘Blasphemous Rhapsody’ in 2014, the band only became more successful. They have toured with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Arch Enemy and At the Gates, to name a few. Their latest album ‘2084’ will be released on 31st January, 2020. 

First off; I know blast beats and tremolo picked guitars sound heavy, but is it a death metal rule that they have to be used quite so much? It kind of seems that way to me, but why? Let me put it this way: You can train all your life to be the fastest runner in the world, and watching you run at 27 miles per hour or whatever would be very impressive. However, what would you rather watch? Some guy running fast in a straight line, or another person who trained just as hard, but instead of being the fastest, he was the most creative gymnast you’ve ever seen, who could do backflips and all sorts of crazy stuff? Wouldn’t it be better if bands such as MtP were ‘the gymnasts’ rather than the ‘runners’?

Yes, there is more to their music than speed alone, you also get many tempo changes, cool yet harsh distorted arpeggios and some pretty neat bass fills, but they are mere forward rolls, as opposed to flips, so to speak. (I’ll stop going on about sports, now). I’m not saying MtP are unmusical, however. There is not a single dodgy note to be heard throughout the album, and that’s kind of impressive when considering the fact the harmony is actually reasonably complex. The band may be death metal (well a form of death metal), but the moods the chords produce are more dramatic than they are evil. What do you get when you combine dramatic harmony with extreme tempos? Super drama!

To sum up: Too much running, not enough flips. Keep saying it, it might catch on. More inventive fills and such would be nice, but there is nothing wrong with the harmony. Maybe some melodies from the singer would be appreciated, but you know what death metal is, right? You may be wondering why I wrote such a strange review, and the truth is, I found it difficult to find anything to write about as this is very typical music for the genre. To be fair though, it is done well. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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