"A New Constellation" (Lifeforce; 2009)

Reviewed by Spudbeast

"A New Constellation" is a guitar and keyboard driven work that showcases the potential progressive, symphonic and melodic elements that can be found in death metal.

An interesting mix of At The Gates style vocals (mixed heavily with clean vocals) and riffs that are harsh yet fluid, combined with the mellow keyboard and drums interludes of Dream Theater, "A New Constellation" excels at being a very steady album. If you like what you hear on the first song, "Much Us," you won't be disappointed (or surprised, for that matter) by the rest of the album, as all the songs tend to flow together with similar tempos and structures. A weak drum track may contribute to this sense of similarity as all the beats are quite predictable - this doesn't really fit with my definition of "progressive music." 

While not reinventing the genre, Nahemah manage to have some interesting songs on "A New Constellation," including the King Crimson-like instrumental "Air" which gives you a low tempo break from rest of the album. And "Air" is followed by the best song here, "Under the Mourning Rays." 

For fans of the genre, "A New Constellation" is worth a listen. Don't expect to be blown away, just well-entertained.

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"The Second Philosophy" (Lifeforce; 2006)

Reviewed by Snidermann

When music is as good as Nahemah's "The Second Philosophy," the review basically writes itself. 

The metal here is powerful and extremely passionate throughout and reaches high levels of magnetism that makes it hard to stop listening. I was in awe of this recording and I listened to it with glee about four times through before I actually sat down and wrote this review. "The Second Philosophy" is that high quality and has that kind of entertainment value. 

This high voltage power progressive metal reminds of metal giants Dark Tranquility, In Flames and Soilwork. Just to be seen in the same sentence with those bands is a feather in Nahemah's cap. If I didn't know better I would have guessed that this was a Swedish band, but Nahemah hails from Spain. 

"The Second Philosophy" plays out like a Gothic movie directed by Tim Burton. I totally recommended this release to any fan dedicated to the heaver side of metal.

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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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