Fragments of Despair – Broken Lost Mistakes – Review

Written by on February 26, 2019

Walking home on the warmest day of the year so far had an awesome soundtrack. It’s a hell of an opening sentence, and it was a fun walk. Mainly because I wasn’t running for cover from biblical levels of rain, but could happily stroll. Contrast that with the heavy metal goodness that was blaring into my ears and there was a definite feeling of being alive, and none of the fragmenting despair that I was expecting. Fragments of Despair are a band that I hadn’t heard of previous to this review, this latest release has obviously changed this for me, but they have also become a band that I would recommend to others.

This is an album I have listened to a number of times now, there are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, the band and the tracks deserve it, and secondly I am not one for the heavy vocals on display with this album. The work of the band is excellent. The guitar work in particular is reminiscent of the most epic metal tracks, Malmsteen-esque is the best way I can describe it. That is after all the first thing that came to mind whenever a solo would rev up, beginning on the instrumental opening track Welcome to Reality.

I am told that the vocal performance is of a similar quality, not being the type of thing I would normally listen to I had to pass the album around a bit for second opinions, happily they were all mostly positive. What I have found on repeated listenings is that the vocals and the music of the tracks are not as jarring as I previously thought. This is probably because of my bias towards more traditional metal, I was expecting someone like Dio to appear on the track and instead was sideswiped by a low dirty growling vocal performance that I now love.

The album itself has a momentum to it that is relentless. You are carried along with it and there is no getting off. I am easily distracted, so holding my attention, even while just walking home, for a full album is an achievement in itself, and quite a negative given my current role. Broken Lost Mistakes has managed this for repeated listens and I haven’t gotten bored of it yet, nor do I see that happening. Coming off a trip out to see Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes I am curious as to the type of mayhem that this group can muster at their shows. I have no doubt that the enthusiasm is there, and, on the strength of this album, almost certainly growing.


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