Mad-Era – Electricmegablack
Date: November 8, 2019
Here’s a shot at innovative approach! And a quite decent one, by a young Spanish trio. Mad-Era, on their sophomore album, presents their view of a new step in Metal evolution. Absolutely clear about their influences, they are mixing them up into a fine pot of potential gold.
Take Rob Zombie or Fear Factory kind of industrial foundation. On top of it, lay some Dimebag Darrell twisted guitar work. Top it off with “stoner-ish” vocals, reminiscent of Layne Staley. Bass lines could also be traced back to Alice in Chains. Mixing all those variables might seem impossible, yet somehow Mad-Era managed to make it work. While it could be noticed that the enraged wall of sound is mellowed by the vocals, it’s not. Robert Navajas, responsible for vocals and guitars here, is capable of pulling different emotions from his throat and fitting them to various sections of songs. Perhaps the drums might have been a bit more diverse with their patterns, considering they “follow” Pantera’s arrangements a bit too closely. Still, it is not bad and carries a lot of vibe throughout. Well, not throughout, as the album comes to a more melancholic ending in the last tracks. An acoustic ballad, with just an industrial undertone, complemented by a truly magnificent guitar solo. From what I hear, there is a lot of potential within these three guys.
Now, not everything is as good as it is presented in the previous paragraph. This record does have its faults. First and foremost, it is lacking a big, catchy song that will be remembered instantaneously. This sort of music absolutely needs such a hit, to push the whole album forward. The other thing is that it lacks a bit of consistency. While Mad-Era uses bits and pieces of the well-established paths to create their own, sometimes one or the other takes a bigger role and outshines the others. Seems like this massive stew the Spaniards are boiling still has big chunks of certain ingredients that are sometimes floating at the surface, disrupting the overall impression. Some serious thought into the visual side of the band and album should also be taken into consideration, as the logo doesn’t fit at all, and the album cover just seems effortless.
Well, I’m going to let them slip this time. These guys have a lot of good ideas and looks like they know how to exploit them to their own favor. Mad-Era is a young name, but it is promising. Thus, there is a lot to look out for. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.