Fragments of Unbecoming
Sterling Black Icon
9/8/2006 - Review by: Etiam
Fragments of Unbecoming - Sterling Black Icon - 2006 - Metal Blade Records
Fragments play a fairly familiar style of melodic death that, were it not for the classical interludes, would sound almost as American as European. Their dual vocal approach and guitar (especially the rhythmic) cadences are faintly reminiscent of metalcore—enough to elicit comparison but not enough to disrupt their ‘melodeath’ momentum (i.e. no breakdowns). New vocalist has an effectively thick voice that suits the group quite well, including lower, not quite grindcore gurgles and the higher, standardized growls. Especially effective are their guitar harmonies, which are sometimes one step away from standard; not dissonant but neither the ‘natural’ choice most bands favor.
Additionally, while not exceptional songwriters, Fragments’ efforts are still memorable; each song has a separate identity, and the general flow of the album is not hard to recall after only a few listens.
The question is, though, how sorely does one’s collection need such an album? Numerous acts in the past have played this style and Fragments’ take on the genre is far from original (though the tasteful classical segments, arguably the most engaging part of this album, should be noted).
‘Sterling Black Icon’ is, essentially, good clean fun, and this young group has time enough yet to establish their own niche—they certainly have the talent for it. Perhaps their next effort will start towards filling the shoes of the recently disbanded Centinex, but until then they shall fill the ranks reliably, as second fiddle (or axe, if you will) for the more accomplished acts in the genre.
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