Sermon
Birth of the Marvellous
(2019)
Turn this to 6.9 of 11
Genre:
Progressive rock, Metal
Sounds Like:
Katatonia, A Perfect Circle
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Sermon hailing from London have exploded onto the metal scene with their debut release Birth of the Marvellous. This album displays a wealth of comforting and vast progressive metal that will appeal to a broad range of fans of the heavy. The massive production really sells this album, it’s a rich and deep sound that will flow beautifully through your speakers. After countless rotations, we were on a high during the first few listens, it’s very easy to pinpoint their influences as they seem to pay homage to A Perfect Circle and Katatonia.

As the album became a mainstay in our rotation, we felt it sounds too similar to Kataonia and A Perfect Circle and found ourselves wanting to listen to The Great Cold Distance or Thirteenth Step instead. The lead vocals resemble Katatonia with Maynard inflections to a tee, a great vocalist indeed, just too similar to the aforementioned bands. We do appreciate the level of detail and thought that went into the album, as each song sounds great on its own. However, we would love to hear a bit more originality to keep us captivated. Definitely give these guys a listen, the music is solid and will fit nicely within your metal rotation.

Tracklist:
1. The Descend 04:01
2. Festival 03:48
3. The Drift 07:09
4. Contrition 04:21
5. Chasm 05:22
6. The Preacher 07:33
7. The Rise of Desiderata 08:35

Standout Track(s)
”The Rise of Desiderata ” and “Chasm”

Adult Beverage Pairing
Grab some Offset Double IPA from Austin Street Brewing in Main. This 9.00% ABV IPA is a great strong summer brew perfect for the upcoming warmer weather.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8 of 11

Originality
5 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
6.9 of 11

Captivation and Variety
6.8  of 11

Weight of the Heavy
7 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
6.5 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
6.8 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
6.4 of 11

Overall Album Flow
6.7 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.7 of 11

Production Value
8.5 of 11

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