Camilla Rhodes – Like The Word Love On The Lips Of A Harlot

Melodic death/metalcore. I can hear the groans even over the internet.

‘Like The Word Love On The Lips Of A Harlot’, though, is pretty decent. Sure, the very original parts are few and far between, but there are just enough of them sprinkled throughout the album to keep it from being an entirely average listening experience. I’d say that Camilla Rhodes beats out the writhing masses of similar artists by a nose, mostly by being less subject to trite hardcorisms and more concerned with crafting actual, you know, songs. Not to say such hardcorisms aren’t present; you’ve got lots of staggered 16th notes to contend with, so if you don’t like that sort of thing, you might as well bail out now. Those that do can keep reading.

Much to the credit of the band, they keep the album to just over half an hour so the formula has no time to grow stale. A good reference point would be Through The Eyes Of The Dead, albeit slightly less frantic and desperately emotional than them. While that minimalist white artwork, long song titles, and stream of consciousness lyrics scream ‘GENERIC!’ as loud as they can, the band for the most part avoids such an ignominious fate by periodically changing it up, like with the actually quite pleasant clean vocal passage on ‘Good Fortune Means Nothing’. In fact, it’s from that song on that the album transforms from mediocre to pretty good, probably due to a lower emphasis on two-stepping and a greater musical impact overall.

As you would expect from a Galy release, it’s well produced and well played throughout. And despite my mocking of -core conventions, Camilla Rhodes does a good job of distancing themselves from them frequently enough to stop me mid-eye roll. The riffing is a bit hit or miss; some are really good, while others seem to stop halfway before reaching their logical conclusion. Drumming is excellent, though: very intense and propulsive and technical enough to keep interest. Vocals are uniformly good, except for the low growls. However, this is excusable, because there has never been a metalcore singer who is able to do them particularly well, so I can’t truly fault the band for that.

So yeah, Camilla Rhodes isn’t going to convince anyone who hates this style, but it is a good entry for those that already enjoy it. Ignore some of DUN DUN BEEDLY BEEDLY riffs and you’ve got yourself a good chunk of melodic deathcore. Give it a try.

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~ by noktorn on May 3, 2007.

One Response to “Camilla Rhodes – Like The Word Love On The Lips Of A Harlot”

  1. fair and honest
    thank you!

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