If you are looking for an album with melodic edge that still retains a touch of brutality, you can't go far wrong with Sapiency's second release 'Tomorrow', the follow up to the German modern melodic death Metal six piece's 2010 debut release 'Fate's End'.
For me the winning factor of this album is the twin vocals of Krsto Balic, who provides the harsher growls and Lars Bittner, who provides the softer side with his clean but delightfully gravelly vocals. Two perfectly balanced and complementary voices, neither of which takes the lead, each just stepping up to do the necessary as needed.
The drum work from Kai Voss-Fels is very dynamic, adding just enough to the sound without being overbearing, although he does break out from time to time with great effect and the guitar work across the album from René Ritzmann and Holger Wenck is excellent with plenty of catchy riff patterns and solos.
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The quality across all eleven tracks is consistent and first track, 'Prayer Of The Pain', opens with a sense of urgency, getting straight down to business, breaking out the vocal roars and the intense yet melodic riffs.
Longest track, 'Hungry Again', is my favourite of the album. I love the slightly djent bass groove from Sebastian Fix that opens and pops up on a regular basis across the track but there is so much more to it than that, particularly the way the deep vocal roars are set against the spiralling riffs and gravelly cleans making it a superb listen.
'Free Within' has a short spiralling build and then gets down to business with a blasting roar, pounding beats and great harmonies in the chorus while on 'Unknown Enemy' the vocals opens like a storm with a magnificent solo midway. 'Tomorrow' has a great chugging groove and a reflective feel but the pace picks up between the choruses.
'Weight Of The World' and 'Fight On' have great closing solos. Beneath the harsh vocalisations runs a plodding groove as 'Breaking Chains' opens and further in, the gravelly cleans are complemented by catchy riffs.
I love the electronic edge to 'Turn The Tide' which balances well against the vocals; a deceptively powerful track. 'Torn Apart' is surprisingly up tempo and upbeat for such a down beat title, but the reflective edge comes from that great vocal blend, another good solo to the later part of the track.
Final track 'Dying Illusions' begins on a haunting opener that builds to a pounding mid tempo and has a great solo to the later part; an excellent album closer.
Okay, so for my usual choice of listening it is a tiny bit light but even I have to give my ears a bit of a break every now and again and this is the ideal album for the job, easy on the ears, but still with a ballsy enough edge to keep me fascinated. A beautiful listen.