INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS

planetmosh.com

        All 9 tracks are classics so its impossible to pick out tracks that stand out from the others but personal highlights are the Megadeth speed metal technicality of opener Another, the Arch Enemy stomp of  Howling Forest, the stunning guitar passages midway through Black Bile, Niko’s vocal conviction on Curses, the high speed thrash grooves of Stranger and best of all, the Eastern tinged title track with some jaw dropping time changes.

I award The Strand Of Time album 10/10!

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METAL.IT

Dopo un demo ed un EP completamente autoprodotti, i francesi Pictured tagliano il traguardo del primo album con questo « The Strand Of Time » patrocinato dalla Klonosphere.

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SATANARISE.COM

The Strand Of Time, an album that has managed to concentrate and mix the best of melodic death many years as influences to bear this great album which hopefully will not be hidden in the many emerging bands who play this style today a style full of strength and feeling.

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zwaremetalen.com

 Zelfs gefrustreerdeChildren Of Bodom-fans voor wie het tegenwoordig te rockerig geworden is moeten dit eens checken. Melodeath is not dead!

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brutalism.com

From front to back this CD was in my face. I look forward to more from this phenomenal band in the future.

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teethofthedivine.com

A few so so tracks in “Black Bile” and “To Hell and Back” stifle the albums mid stage, but the absolutely classic sounding trot of “Curses” brought the album back to life with  a real sense of nostalgia as does “The Dwelling” with is stern stop start march and jangly leads. “Stranger” ups the intensity with a more thrashy but still melodic pace before the title track wraps things up with a really nice mid pace canter that wraps up a really enjoyable, nostalgic album.

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puregrainaudio.com

Overall Pictured’s new work is surely something to be heard; they show true musical complexity and dexterity while obeying the music’s spirit.

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powerofmetal.dk

 Not a lot of new elements, but played with class and with some excellent songs.

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partyausfall.de

Doch wenn sich obige Floskel mit den Klischees vermengt und selbiges in Zukunft öfter geschieht, dann ergibt das wiederum ein Klischee, das erst noch entstehen und reifen muss, ehe es als solches auch wahrgenommen wird. Frankreich – das ist auch ein Land mit gutem Metal. Die dreiundvierzig Minuten von PICTURED sind ein guter Beweis für die These.

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metal.de

Zu einer höheren Wertung kann ich mich nicht durchringen, weil ich mir von PICTURED insgesamt noch ein wenig mehr Eingängigkeit und Struktur in den Kompositionen wünsche, eine unbedingte Kaufempfehlung für alle Fans des modernen melodischen Todesbleis ist « The Strand Of Time » aber auf jeden Fall!

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metal-glory.de

Fazit: Pictured machen auf ihrem Debüt „The Strand Of Time“ einen wirklich guten Job. Verstehen es ihre Fähigkeiten gut in Szene zu setzen und vermischen den Heavy -und Black Metal richtig gut. Hier paart sich die Melodie Reichhaltigkeit des Heavy Metals mit der finsteren Stimmung eines Black Metal Albums. Das Songwriting ist relativ abwechslungsreich gehalten und lässt die dreiviertel Stunde schnell vorbeigehen. Um ganz oben mitzuspielen fehlen allerdings wirklich große Nummern. Aber die 7,5/10 Punkte haben sich die Franzosen mehr als verdient.

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obliveon.de

 Insgesamt haben mich die Franzosen überzeugt, auch wenn der Mittelteil nicht ganz das Niveau der anderen beiden Drittel erreicht. Tolles Debüt!

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greekrebels.gr

 Εχει αρκετά thrash περασματα, αλλά σίγουρα είναι πιο κοντά σε μελωδικές death metal καταστάσεις. Δεν θα μείνετε με το στόμα ανοιχτό επειδή (δεν) «ανακάλυψαν την Αμερική», αλλά σίγουρα θα μείνετε απόλυτα ικανοποιημένοι από αυτό το ευχάριστο και τίμιο μουσικό αποτέλεσμα, των Γάλλων. Εξοπλισμένοι με πάθος και αποφασιστικότητα, οι Pictured μπαίνουν για τα καλά στη σκηνή!

7/10

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metalhead.it

 Melodie che funzionano, la sequenza con le quali si alternano diventa una canzone con una propria linearità, quindi non fatta di comparti stagni. Le melodie si legano tra loro, si traccia dunque un percorso, un’opera fluida.

(Alberto Vitale) Voto: 7/10

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metallized.it

Capacità indiscusse, voglia di emergere e grande tecnica fanno dei Pictured una band da tenere in considerazione per il futuro; trattandosi di debutto non si può chiedere di più ai francesi.

Nella speranza che riescano ad essere più diretti e meno dispersivi, il mio giudizio adesso non può che essere positivo.

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stereoinvaders.com

Nulla di troppo originale, ma una riproposizione fedele del genere, i Pictured fanno rivivere il death metal melodico, realizzando un platter che si farà apprezzare facilmente dagli appassionati del filone. Revival.

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hardsounds.it

Come detto i Pictured sono dei bravi musicisti che registrano un album tecnicamente lodevole e con la giusta dose di potenza e cattiveria. Purtroppo, però, crediamo che a ‘The Stand Of Time’ manchi quel pizzico di originalità che possa far fare il salto di qualità alla band.

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wingsofdeath

Het is geen album dat je zal verrassen, maar het staat vol met melodische death metal, wat vooral liefhebbers van het oudere werk van In Flames, Arch Enemy, Soilwork zal aanspreken. Met wat meer originaliteit de volgende keer zullen ze zeker nog hogere ogen gaan gooien.

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misantropiaextrema.wordpress.com

A originalidade pode ficar a zeros, mas no campo do poder de composição, os Pictured dão dez a zero a outras propostas do estilo.

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joyzine.se

Det känns verkligen som om Pictured är på väg dit de borde vara, men än är de inte framme. Och texten tillMetal kvalar dessutom in som årets sämsta text. ”Metal, you’ve gotta love that shit” – kom igen grabbar…

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metal-temple.com

That sort of mayhem was the only reason that I couldn’t rate this release any higher. I believe that PICTURED wrote something good that can race against many bands playing the same genre trying to find themselves in such a big worldwide scene. I would certainly go for this album, go and buy it now; maybe you can put order into chaos.

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themidlandsrocks.com

The Strand Of Time may be generic in some respects and Pictured are up against some pretty stiff competition from more established bands of this ilk, but this album shows that they can hold their own. This deserves to put this French mob among the masses. Check it out.

7 out of 10

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thisisnotascene.com

This is the real problem with “The Strand Of Time”, much like a lot of melodeath bands at the moment; that it shows precious little of its own character and personality. Pictured’s influences are clear to see but they don’t have any obvious uniqueness about them to separate them from the hordes of bands that play similar to them. This all being said however, as a debut album it does show some promise, and they are certainly a talented bunch of lads and the album is a good fun listen. A bit more of their own identity would add a greater appeal and could work wonders for them however.

6/10

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hevypetal.com

Overall, it’s a powerfully technical release, sure to appeal to more hardcore metal fans and occasional listeners alike. Musicians into metal will love the sound of the instruments on this album, but if a listener is after a more wholesome, traditional metal sound, and doesn’t appreciate the technicality of the music as much as others might, it might not appeal to them as much. Excellent.

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Seaoftranquility.org

The Strand of Time is absolutely killer melodic death at its finest-Anthemy choruses, killer, catchy riffs and guitar passages that make you want to pump your fist in the air. I totally love The Strand of Time and feel that it is one of the best melodic death metal debut’s to happen in quite some time. Check the album out, songs like opening track « Another », « Howling Forest » and « Black Bile » will have you headbanging in no time. This is a really good album and anyone into this style should check it out.

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blistering.com

Additional listens to The Strand of Time might help take away from the Carcass implications, yet they shouldn’t be much of a deterrent. Pictured shouldn’t be afraid to rank themselves amongst the throng of up-and-coming melodic death metal bands, who if they’re smart enough, will look to other places than Sweden’s second-largest city for inspiration.

7.5/10

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metalstorm.net

If you’re into melodeath, or extreme power metal, Pictured is definitely going to be a thrill. This is a band with their head in the right spot; no over-extravagance, no ruts, no stagnation. Solid riffs, catchy leads, and a nice array of different sounds within the parameters of melo-extreme metal.

8.7/10

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