"Robin" (Candlelight; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Farmakon get compared to Opeth a great deal and with good reason, as this Finnish troupe's latest 10-track endeavor, "Robin," shares striking similarities to the work done by Akerfeldt and company. 

While a very un-Opeth like brevity is a big part of this group's arsenal, the general sound and mannerisms -- such as breaking into jazzy interludes in-between points of momentary metallic overload -- and the growl/sing delivery on "A Temporary Death" scream "Ghost Reveries" all over again. 

Unoriginal yet sturdy, this poor man's version of a metal luminary should come with a warning label if you can't stand bands that fail to deviate from their influence.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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