Hot off the heels of their breakthrough debut CD, Demians is back with their sophomore effort Mute. Mute is a bit of a departure from Building an Empire, because it is more raw and less polished than the debut. I think the change in sound is mainly due to Nicholas Chapel electing to ditch the samples and use real instruments for the entire record. The album is heavier and more modern than it's predecessor. Songs like Feel Alive and Tidal, could be breakthrough songs, for the band, on Buzz radio, with the proper push.
There are elements of the first record, like on the track Hesitation Waltz, but for the most part this CD stands alone, and takes the band in a new direction. Demians toured with Porcupine Tree last year, and it appears that they made a big impression on Nicholas. There are elements of PT on this CD, mixed with the Demians sound. There is also some experimentation on this record, like on the track Overhead, which has a middle eastern vibe to it, but unfortunately I think there was too much. I missed some of the more proggier moments, that the first CD brought to the table. Don't get me wrong, the CD has some strong tracks that will grab you, but unlike the first record, Mute takes several listens before you start to get it.
Bottom Line: One of those records you can just put on and forget about. It is great background music, that unfortunately doesn't grab you enough to force you to bring it to the forefront. A good record that will take several listens to get into. Be patient my freind.
Standout Tracks: Tidal, Feel Alive, Heistation Waltz & Porcelain
- Ragman was hoping for a little more