SupreMa – Traumatic Scenes
SupreMa – Traumatic Scenes (2013)
Reviewed by Christopher Foley
Traumatic Scenes is the debut full-length from Brazil’s Suprema – which is kind of an odd name, and I can’t help but feel they wanted to be called Supreme Majesty – although I guess that’s neither here or there. Brazil is a country I often associate with technically astounding power metal, and whilst Suprema lack the chops to keep up with countrymen Almah or Hibria, they certainly serve up a dish of deft, if flawed progressive power metal.
I can’t help but get the impression that Suprema couldn’t decide if they wanted to take an approach more akin to acts such as Angra or one similar to that of the latest Hevilan album. Throughout Traumatic Scenes, Suprema varies between the slick, melodic swagger of the former mentioned Angra, and the pugilistic riff attack that Hevilan displayed on its debut The End Of Time.
Leading the show is vocalist Pedro Nascimento, who at times reminds a little of Edu Falaschi, particularly when concerning the vocal lines, although he certainly comes off a little gruffer. Backing him up on guitars is Douglas Jen, who serves up a wide array of riffing styles from groovy chugging patterns to the speedy picking atypical of the genre. Nothing out of the ordinary but certainly well done enough throughout – the same can be said of the rhythm section with obvious drum patterns and bass lines.
Across Traumatic Scenes Suprema vary their sound from melodic power metal numbers such as the opening “Dark Journey” all the way up to the post-thrash assault housed in “Burning My Soul” complete with growled vocals. Whilst I can appreciate the variation throughout the album, I feel the band do it to a point where it’s kind of hard to gauge what they were actually going for. Sure the progressive tag gives the band an excuse to do some Dr. Frankenstein work, and I’d commend them for it – if I felt they added anything to the release.
As such, I’ve found Traumatic Scenes to be a somewhat faceless release that doesn’t offer anything too exciting. When Suprema nail the power metal aspect of their sound they come off as pretty good, but there’s loads of daft groovy riffs, frivolous harsh vocals, and a genuine lack of identity which unfortunately kills my interest. There’s no denying Suprema can play, but that’s about all they can do.
2.75 // 5