PERZONAL WAR - WHEN TIMES TURN RED - AFM
Perzonal War has some potential and has chosen its best song as a single and video (For The Last Time), but putting one’s best foot forward does not translate into a good album necessarily. The aforementioned song is fairly interesting, although given its Nevermore influences is not quite representative of the Germans’ sound. Instead, Perzonal War’s When Times Turn Red draws influence from Metallica (yup, you can stop reading now) and new In Flames. The bulk of the album takes a turn for the worse and mixes metal with pop (5 More Days), mixes Metallica with some atmosphere (New Age), uses melodic guitars within the structure of a rock song (The Unbeliever) or just plain copies In Flames. Hell, there is even a song here called In Flames. What, no song called Metallica?
Other songs, like Hope Dies Last, are just sonic jumbles. This track sounds like a spoken word segment with some faint noise in the background. The heavier album closer is slightly chaotic and too insignificant to make up for the rest of When Times Turn Red. The album has turned out worse than my earlier impression and anticipation, although given the sketch on the cover why would that be a surprise? - Anna Tergel