Review: Freya

“As The Light Drains”
(Victory Records)

Being a big Earth Crisis fan before the group split a few years back, it was with great anticipation that I awaited ex-EC throat Karl Buechner’s return. It’s been a while since I’ve been this let down. This is totally nothing like Earth Crisis at all. Karl’s vocalist here fell like they’ve been castrated in an attempt to gain mainstream exposure. The melodies sound forced and the heavy parts just aren’t heavy enough for me. Gone are the politics that were a staple of the Earth Crisis lyrics, in favor of more of vague lyrics about his feelings. Now by no means I am that type of fan that will only accept a new band if it sounds like their previous outfit, but after ExC’s “Slither”, I was expecting something decent from Karl. What I found instead was the very bland Freya.