NIGHTFALL - I AM JESUS - BLACK LOTUS
It would be too easy to say that Greece's Nightfall has travelled to Finland's Tico-Tico Studio in order to get that morose Sentenced sound, although some of that is on record here. Instead, after a three-year absence, the quartet has returned with a dark and poppy album that is short on actual riffs and long on stale melodies which, no doubt, are designed to convey a sense of profound darkness to the listener. Whether that is enough to compel one to buy an album is for the consumer to decide, but it is quite obvious regardless that I Am Jesus does not back its exaggerated title with either actual compositional prowess or intensity. The singer orates in a 'meaningful' way, the synthesizer tags along and the overly loud snare bangs to the death-rhythm of its song's structure. I Am Jesus takes the cake for both exaggeration and contrived significance - just like its namesake character. - Ali "The Metallian"