Relinquished . Onward Anquishes (Review)

Noisehead Records 

Relinquished started in the year 2004 as a project of Sebastian Bramböck (Bass) and Anton Keuschnick (Guitar). After some months of arranging Martin Bramböck joined the Band and played the drums for 2 years. In this time, a second guitar-player named Simon Dettendorfer became member of the band and added different ideas that perfectly fitted in the sound. 

Four years and several Bass players later Relinquished finally found the perfect members. Sebastian the former Bass-player became the new and final singer of the band, and an old schoolmate of him, Patrick Kösselbacher took the bass-part. Also on the drums another new member was found: Florian Vonach. This constellation of musicians grew a complete new sound arrangement in short time and recorded the Demo EP “Rehearsal Doom”.

With the CD the band started to get more and more offers to play all over Austria and some foreign cities as well. After collecting a huge amount of live experience, they settled a bit down and began the work for their first Long-player.
In that time Relinquished got signed by Noisehead Records, and recorded “Onward Anguishes”, their first Concept-Album and debut at the same time.

This band is to me a whole new experience and I've listened quite a lot to 'Onward Anquishes' since I got it.

Musically we are talking progressive melodic death metal.
This is their second album and I have to say I'm quite impressed as they manage to create a very easy listening album with overall good melodies and all you want from a good album.

They blend the more usual aggressive death metal vocals with a clear male vocal and some female vocals.
That being said I could have been without the female parts ,not that she's a bad singer but I don't think the female vocals fit in with the rest.
Luckily it's not dominant and only a few small parts.

At first listen you might find it too technical and progressive at times ,at least I did, but the more you listen to the album the better it sounds.

It starts of as an aggressive yet technical album but as the album spins they calm down a bit with calm parts and clean vocals which in this matter is a good combo.
I not sure if death metal is the right term for this band ,I'd rather say progressive metal with death metal influences, anyway this works good as a piece of music and is clearly something to check out.

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