No Sin Evades His Gaze: Age Of Sedation

UK tech metallers’ ambitious debut.

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Barely a year old, No Sin Evades His Gaze are already impressively individual.

And yet what they show on their debut album is an unfulfilled potential. In some respects, this band have too many ideas and visions to be encapsulated on one album at this formative stage of their career. You can hear this on something like Biometric Alchemy, which brings together influences from Fear Factory, Megadeth, Sikth, Dream Theater and early Opeth. However, while there’s some astonishing musicianship here, it all sounds like the chaps have done this album just a little too early in their very young career – they don’t yet have the experience or focus to make the most of some imaginative talent. Having said that, Age Of Sedation is still a good album. In fact, it’s one of the best you’ll get in this area of music in 2014. The enjoyment from Affinity, The Cycle Resets and the title track overcome all misgivings, with guitarists Kevin Pearson and Dan Thornton working together in an almost telepathic manner. It’s a highly promising start and, more for what they could achieve in the future than the album itself, it could prove to be a very special debut indeed.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.