||I must say, for a band’s sophomore
release, "The Perpetual Motion" is easily one of the best
albums I've heard this year! The
Old Dead Tree is the name of this tremendously gifted outfit.
This 2005 effort is a conceptual album taking the listener through
various moods and metal styles. For instance: "Unrelenting"
mixes gothic rock with death metal & doom, "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8"
is an upbeat progressive/gothic metal tune, "My Friends"
has a heavy & speed metal feel simultaneously, and "What
Else Could We've Said?" has an almost Katatonia vibe. So despite
having various styles incorporated into one 3-part, 12 track, 45 minute
album, everything seems to run together very nicely. This is phenomenal,
simply phenomenal!! Great production, great CD digi-booklet layout,
nice perspective on lyrics that tell a story about a boy's life headed
in the wrong direction, and superb musicianship. There really isn't
that much that needs improvement here except for maybe a longer output
next time. Ha! This is an album that fans of Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema,
and most gothic metal fans alike won't want to pass up!
Reviewed By: Thomas