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Methadrone : Retrogression

While this promo was originally released as a CDr in a total of only 70 copies, it was re-released in 2005 with a bonus track and some bonus movie clips as well. The re-release was more professional and came in a DVD-slimcase. Thus, the tracks on this promo were those which, a year later, would become Methadrone's first full-length.

Methadrone is a unique creation. Despite this there are no major elements that haven't been used before. It's noisy, depressive, loud, droning and rumbling doom metal. Still, for some reason, it doesn't sound quite like anything else I've ever heard. There are no vocals and the riffs tend to repeat themselves just like in most drone bands. Perhaps what sets Methadrone apart from other noise/doom/droners is the powerful melody. It's overwhelming to the point where it feels like the music is pushing you away from the speakers like a physical force, and still it retains a sad melody. I think this is what makes it unique to me, but others may find other apsects that I haven't even thought of.

The band is similar to others such as Pelican and 5ive's Continuum Research Project. Even so, I'd advise everyone to listen to a sample of their music before buying. The music isn't that hard to like, but whatever it is that sets it apart also makes it a hard to define taste.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Emotionless
2. Retrogression
3. Despondency
4. Ebullient Drift
5. Impurify
6. Transient Release
7. Of Less Emotion

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

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Reviewed on 11-12-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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