Building off the same formula as others is no excuse for not having the signature personal touch that a band needs to bring with them, should they wish to stand out among the glut of bands in just about every metal subgenre today, particularly the crowded realm of tech-heavy metalcore that Napoleon occupies. After quite some time, Newborn Mindthe debut album from this UK-based technical metalcore outfit, is finally here.
Although bands Napoleon (33) - Newborn Mind Structures and Architects — and even earlier Northlane to an extent — have toed the line for a while now, always staying firmly planted in the metal side, Napoleon finds a signature sound in quickly and decisively obliterating this distinction. To use a somewhat odd metaphor, if the concept presented here of splicing these two genres together is a single piece of physical art — a statue or sculpture of some sort — then each of the ten Napoleon (33) - Newborn Mind Chiara Con Francesco - Riz Ortolani - Fratello Sole Sorella Luna make up Newborn Napoleon (33) - Newborn Mind is a snapshot from a new angle, each presenting a somewhat differing view of what is, ultimately, one singular object.
Ultimately, Newborn Mind is a good album on the cusp Electrified - Nosowska* - Sushi being a great one. If Napoleon had expanded their vision slightly and brought in a slightly more diverse range of ideas, this debut full-length from them would have been a phenomenal album and a potential landmark for modern metalcore, but as it stands today, Newborn Mind is a still-solid release that shows a band with a whole hell of a lot of future potential and an idea of where they need to take their sound next to grow even further.
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