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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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INTERSECTIONS

I get why some bands regroup and take another stab at recording and touring. I really do. For a lot of them, it's all about making some money and reliving old memories of past glory. For some though, I just shake my head and wonder why. Mekong Delta is one such band. Just being honest here, but has there ever been more than fleeting interest in this band? Ever? Being truthful, I don't know that a lot of people have ever considered them even to be a b level band in the thrash metal game. Their fusion of prog and thrash has always been a miss with most fans of both genres. Yet, they keep plugging onward, although now with the only original member being the bass player.

INTERSECTIONS is what it is – an uninteresting, dull and otherwise unremarkable release that will stay in my IPod long enough to finish writing this review. There's nothing truly bad here, but there's nothing that good either. Listening to overblown songs like "Memories Of Tomorrow", it's clear that the band want to lean a bit more into the progressive metal side of things, but just aren't musically gifted enough to take it all the way there. The guitar work of Erik Adam H. Grosch and Benedikt Zimniak is fairly dull and uninspired. That's not to say they can't play, because they clearly can. The problem though is that throughout the entire release, they don't do anything to make you take notice of them or any song on the disc.

Probably the biggest weakness of INTERSECTIONS is the vocals. Simply, Martin Lemar is not a very appealing singer. His voice is very tired and stale. That's probably why he's pushed back into the mix on a good portion of this material. Songs like the plodding "Heroes Grief" drag on because of Lemar, and feel like trying to drag a wagon full of rocks up a mountain. Mix in spoken word that's overpowered by music to the point that you can't easily understand it, and you'll understand the frustration listening to this.

PITRIFF RATING – 31/100 - The sad truth is that INTERSECTIONS drags on and on when listening to it; seemingly neverending yet devoid of almost anything you would consider to be interesting musically. The expiration date on this band's box has long expired, and it's time for them to move on. INTERSECTIONS proves it pretty clearly.

Chris Akin

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