The Old Dead Tree - The Perpetual Motion

Posted By: berguntm

"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!