Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Thomas Mark Anthony is a South-African artist who last year self-released a few singles. This debut album released by Metropolis Records looks like a consecration for his efforts. Terminal is meant as ‘the soundtrack to a world unbalanced, reeling and spinning out of control, running out of time’.
Content: I honestly never heard of Terminal before and discovered a heavy, overwhelming instrumental debut track featuring Industrial sound treatments. This influence runs through the entire work, but has been joined by a kind of Electro-Pop approach. Bombastic parts and crushing passages are emerging at the surface while other cuts have been achieved with guitar sounds.
+ + + : What I respect in the approach of Terminal is the will to create a very own sound identity. It’s not a band you can compare with any other, but an album resulting from a mix of influences that have been mixed in a personal way. I like the bombast running through “Fault Line” and the overwhelming production emerging at “Needle Park (Time To Die)”, “Riot Shields” and “TRMNL”. I also like the colder approach feature at “TRMNL”.
– – – : Terminal is hard to label, which is not always easy to reach a specific audience. There are several cool and noticeable songs featured, but no absolute hits. I’m also convinced the vocals’ production can be improved.
Conclusion: “Blacken The Skies” is an honest debut album; nothing less nothing more!
Best songs: “Needle Park (Time To Die)”, “TRMNL”, “Fault Line”, “Riot Shields”.
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