Today, we travel to Sweden to see what their metal scene has to offer. No, not the death, doom, and black metal; that shit’s too extreme for me personally. We’re here to talk about Cedron, and their latest release, Valence. The instrumentals are beautifully done, the songs are raw and full of emotion, the vocals suit the style, but as good as these guys are, their songs aren’t truly catchy, and the album really isn’t full of the hooks we expect nowadays from a signed band. Yes, they get your head banging and your foot tapping, but it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. As with most new bands, they try to emulate who they love, and I’m hearing a lot of influence from bands like Architects and The Ghost Inside. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s not a good thing either.
The album opens with the song “Time Heal My Wounds.” When the instrumentals kicked in I was pretty impressed, but when the vocalist came in, I found myself cringing at times simply due to his style of vocals and the song being yelled more than screamed. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great opening vocally, but the rest of the record is awesome! The production quality is top notch, and helps the band really shine through.
“No Peace Without Justice” is probably my favourite song, simply due to the opening line of, “We are not a fucking currency!” It made me smirk, and I was completely on board. The album was fairly short for only being eight songs, which isn’t a bad thing. The average song clocked in at about two minutes, which was quite surprising, as it didn’t really leave a lot of room for error in my opinion, and the songs were appropriate enough to maintain that length. Each song showcased the talent and virtuosity of each member.
Sadly however, a lot of the songs sound very similar in structure as with most modern metal nowadays. The last three songs on the record began the same general way, with an eerie solo guitar riff. I found it to be repetitive, and it only made me want to skip through each song by that point. With that being said however, back to the highlights: the writing on the album is really good, and almost poetic in its expression. Each member really brought it to the table when making this record. It sounds professional, but it is only slightly above average. Yes, some parts are memorable, but at the same time, I don’t think I’d go back for another listen on my own because the album wasn’t truly exceptional. It’s not a memorable record, which is unfortunate, for as good as these guys are, I think they’re really going to have to push hard to get to the next level. However, if you disagree, please check these guys out and prove me wrong.
Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Kate Erickson