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4.0 out of 5 stars Odin - hear me!, 6 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: Prodigal Sun (Audio CD)
'Prodigal Sun' is something of a cult oddity amongst extreme metal albums - released in 1992 on the crest of a wave of Swedish death metal, and once again produced by Tomas Skogsberg, however this is a long way away from the likes of Entombed and Dismember. Complex fractured riffing reminiscent of At The Gates, with a primitive early black metal sound, screeching vocals and bizarre lyrics make this record stand out from the crowd. Occasionally this is a little too mad for it's own good, with meandering technical passages going all over the place, but for sheer wierdness this is a perverse oddity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cross-over Swedish death metal.,, 6 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Prodigal Sun (Audio CD)
This debut release surfaced in 1992, against a relatively large backdrop of musical extremity. As this genre has become such a treasure-trove stash of so many classic albums, "Prodigal Sun" ultimately did not receive the accreditations or recognition that it brought to the Swedish metal circuit. Combining a real progressive element of jazz, thrash and Swedish death metal, it helped ensure that "Prodigal Sun" comes across as a multi-dimensional album due to the band's open-minded qualities, and a "out-of-the-box" thinking with regard to the songwriting approaches.

In a few areas an over eager-ness is translated into a claustrophobic nuance:- but these are frequently kept down to a minimum. Thanks to producer "Tomas Skogsberg", and the Stockholm studio mold, we can familiarise quickly with the accustomed high quality production and mastering, that has come to be expected from extreme music in this part of the world. After the release of this album, the band returned less than a year later with "Dawn Of Glory":- which had pretty-much jettisoned a large part of the death metal sound with surprising results and smooth-ness in it's transition.

"Prodigal Sun" probably reflects the band's most poignant musical statement and it's an ideal introduction into the dark worlds of Swedish death metal.
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