SVENGALI – Unscathed (CD)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates’ aggressive metal heads Svengali play with a dark and heavy approach, with growls and melodic vocals mixed together to achieve a tripped out effect. Musically, their heavy metal music guitar rhythms are metallic, yet complement the clean and heavy vocals really well, as they’re able to change their playing from a real crunch to a clean style when called for. Svengali is pretty tight within their musicianship and creates a big atmosphere of mystery yet a stale eeriness pervades over their songs.
Being from Dubai, Middle East, Svengali do not have that ethnic Arabic sound within their music as they sound modern to the touch, which can be heard within their songs. Listening to this uniqueness, we can infer that these guys are very hard focused on creating a style and sound all their own, and they’re succeeding at doing this too. “Unscathed” is a solid debut, and only shows the band’s desire to go far within the outer reached of what heavy metal music has to offer. Don’t expect Svengali to sellout anytime soon, as they’re a good balance of heavy and not too heavy, so as to appeal to wider spectrum of metal fans. [Self-Released] Sarjoo Devani