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5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic DEATH Metal - Best Album Of 2008 So Far (Watch out Therion!), 9 Jun. 2008
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Adam Jackson (Stoke On Trent , England) - See all my reviews
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First of all, the ONLY negative! Despite the decent album artwork, the band photos are APPALLING! Seriously, the grimaces & contortions really don't suit the serious nature of this magnificent album - anyway, enough of that, lets talk music...
WHAT AN ALBUM! This is full on Symphonic Death Metal! Great production, outstanding musicianship & some of the best symphonic arrangements you will ever hear within the genre! Choirs, female vocals, brutal death metal vocals, double bass drums, violent riffs and tons of orchestration; along with Epica, this is the most realistic orchestration I've ever heard created by synthetic means - the liner notes do not credit an orchestra as such, only crediting Martin Schirenc with vocals, guitar & orchestration.
Brass, woodwork, strings - all here, all full on and all spot on even IF made via keyboard - Out of this world! YOU CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE!
Either way, this guy is up there with Therion's Christofer Johnsson as a composer!
The rest of the band are equally talented; fantastic guitar that recalls the power & weight of prime time Iommi, some very cool bass lines and drums that will batter down doors. And the production is SO clear and powerful, full marks to Napalm Records!!
Schirenc's vocal are a mixture ranging from occasionally Clean, to Hardcore, to full on Blackened Death, and it's his partner who contributes some really good female vocals.
Standout Tracks: Son Of Perdition, Once We Were Kings, Dying Embers (for some reason these tracks recall the Conan The Barbarian OST) and the middle eastern tinged, Misterium Babel.
This LTD edition also contains a bonus track, The Bazaar (a really obscure cover) which Hollenthon make their own - insaneley catchy, and almost (but not quite) on a similiar level to Therion's cover of Summernight City. There's also a video clip on the CD of the Son Of Perdition (slightly dissapointed this couldnt have been added as a bonus dvd) that I've yet to view via PC.
I would recommend this album for anyone from Metallica S&M fans right the way through to Dimmu Borgir, Opeth and the mighty Therion - Therion's last offering, Gothic Kabbalah seriously toned the opera/classical parts down - If this dissapointed you then you are going to LOVE this album!
This is REALLY heavy & bombastic - think Theli, Lepaca Kliffoth, Symphony Masses but WAY heavier! Therion have a real challenger to the throne...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant service, 8 July 2013
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Brilliant. Just what I was looking for. Filled the void with everything just right. How I lived with it before I just don't know.
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