Graveworm - Collateral Defect
25 May 2007

01. Reflections
02. Bloodwork
03. Touch Of Hate
04. Suicide Code
05. The Day I Die
06. Fragile Side
07. I Need A Hero [Bonnie Tyler cover]
08. Out Of Clouds
09. Scars Of Sorrow
10. Memories
11. Which Way [Japanese bonus]

There were many Graveworm fans that did not like the new direction that the band took on the album "(N)utopia". Well I was not one of those, I think that (N)utopia is one of the best albums Graveworm have ever done. This is also the reason why my expectations before the release of "Collateral Defect" were pretty high. Unfortunately they were too high as well.

Collateral Defect follows the same direction that band took on the previous album but it also gives the unpleasant feeling that band started to run out of ideas. The album starts with some sort of an "electronic" instrumental intro called "Reflections" which I find completely unnecessary. The next thing that follows is fast-paced song called "Bloodwork" and is beside the song "Suicide Code", the only real highlight on the album. The other songs are not that bad actually, but they still do not offer anything new or refreshing. Freshness is also the main thing that this release lacks of. Song structures are very predictable, although there are some parts that remind us of good old and not that old times when Graveworm were still full of ideas. The performance of the band is good, but still nothing really special. Stefano Fiori still stands out a bit from other members, but unfortunately the compositions of songs do not let him show all of his talent as he used to do in past. There is also a guest appearance from Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm but to tell you the truth, if I had not read that in the booklet, I wouldn't have even noticed. As always there is a cover song, this time Bonnie Tyler's old hit from the 80's "I Need A Hero". It is nice cover song, but still nothing that would be taken really seriously.

If you did not like Graveworm's previous album (N)utopia, you certainly won't like this one either. But if you are more into modern forms of extreme metal, then you probably should check this one out; maybe you'll find something interesting here.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 9

Band profile: Graveworm
Album: Collateral Defect


written by Silent Creeper | 20.11.2008

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Graveworm is a band I stumbled upon a while back, looking for new black metal. Engraved In Black and (N)Utopia were the two albums by them I first heard; Engraved is melodic black metal with gothic touches to it, while (N)Utopia saw melodic death metal influences begin to ooze into their music. Collateral Defect continues this, containing even more melodic death than black metal.

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Katatronik - 20.11.2008 at 21:09  
It's not a very good release by Graveworm, IMO it's a bit weak and repetitive... I hope the next one will be way better...
Uirapuru - 19.05.2009 at 14:50  
Despite being very similar, I prefer this album a lot over (N)utopia. ''Fragile Side'' and ''Bloodwork'' are very good songs... this album is slightly above the average, good enough.
jimmuborgir - 19.09.2009 at 16:18  
It seems they started going screemo for a few songs.. i dont like the cd but N)utopia was my fav. by them
InnerSelf - 20.09.2009 at 13:42  
When it was released two years ago I was blown away and I even rated it as 9 but now I started feeling that it is weak, not original and the start of the fail for Graveworm
want a proof ? check out their 2009 release
I think it is pure crap
I_Die_Often - 20.09.2010 at 01:29  
I thought it pretty good until I heard I Need A Hero... I lost some interest at that point, a bad choice of a cover song IMO
RavenKing - 20.09.2010 at 03:19  
I never cared for this band but the old stuff was at least listenable. However, they seem to get worse with every new album. I haven't checked the new album but "Collateral Defect" was absolutely awful.

I would add that I'm doing my best to avoid this prejudice but I can't help it: when I read that a band is from Italy, I expect nothing but crap. I can't think of a single good metal band from this country.
And the Italian Powermetal scene is the worst Powermetal scene you can find (tons of ultra-generic bands boring as hell). Italy sucks, when it comes to metal.

Ah yes, if you're to make a cover, put it at the end of the tracklist, for Chrit's sake, and not in the middle.

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