When Tim was convicted and finally got canned, it was bad news for the Hardcore/Metalcore scene. The drama that ensued meant game over for AILD. That was even worse news, that translated to a void that needed to be filled (in) eventually.
Somehow AILD turns out to have a French cousin, nose-deep into symphonic music. This symphonic powerhouse is as bewitching as their name suggests. Spellbinding.
I don’t know if it would be a good thing to have lots of similar bands, or if one band would burst its creative artery for having one too many bands drawing directly from its vein (forget genre watering down).The only positive thing is they could always be used in place of those Stock-Rock-Musac in crappy zombie movies (the culprit that is Zombie Hunters), for lack of better usage elsewhere.
For the time, Spellbinding shall – with the ever refreshing symphonic assemblage – serve where the prowling spectre of AILD lurks.