Stigma The Failure of Me
By Marcus Pan
When The Failure of Me, namesake of
Stigmas release of the same name, first opened I thought the keys were
quite cutesy and I was thinking this was going to be something of a new-wavey
flashy trancy thing. Not so. Stigma crash in the guitars. The technical merit
is decent, but for some reason its not really grabbing me and making me
want to slam my head. I suppose it has something to do with the cutesy keys
against the heavy metallic guitars.
Vocals are far in the background, giving the album an
underproduced feel. The guitar playing of Stig Rune Robertsen and bass of Endre
Hindhammer are somewhat standout and well-played, but The Failure of Me
suffers as a whole from underpar recording. I suppose you cant blame them
much for that but I would suggest raising the vocal levels so they
dont get lost in the guitar uproars.
Time seems to drag a bit, guitars moving just swiftly enough
to not fall into the grunge mindset, but vocals seem somewhat left behind
somehow. Echoes of Time is a slower paced ballad and Hotel of
Stigmas gets lost within itself without a destination in mind. Move
On gets a bit crunchier with stronger bass and chorus sections that lighten
up the mood just a bit giving an interesting feeling as we move between
crunchier melodies and windier choruses. The guitar solo of Move On is
one of the areas where I feel comfortable saying that there is technical merit
We see the same kind of dragging problem with I
Dont Know as well, but Welcome Home shows us again the
technical merits of Stigmas musicianship even if the vocals still have
that dragging feel and aura of not belonging to the surrounding music a
puzzle piece that was forced into the peg.
Nothing on The Failure of Me really stands out so
well. Overall its not that Stigmas The Failure of Me is bad.
Its not, really, but it does tend to lose itself a bit as it pushes
along. Sometimes it gets lost or stuck in a bit of a quagmire as it tries to
trundle its way through the nine tracks here.
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