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This review is from: Perpetual Desolation (Audio CD)
Being a fan of Black/Symphonic metal, I picked up this CD following recommendations that they were similar to Tristania. I spent weeks trying to get into this album, I really wanted to like it. But no, this really doesn't cut the mustard.
Its got the electric violins, heavy guitars, extreme and melodic vocals, so whats not to like? The most obvious thing is the singing. I have noticed that many fans of this genre HATE male growls, but I am a fan of Tristania, Opeth et al so I know the good growls from the bad. These are awful, not a hint of power or emotion to them. And the female singing, oh dear me. They don't sing, they WHINE. I've never heard such a cacophany of self-pitying whining and moaning on a metal CD. If you're looking for the soaring beauty of Vibeke Sterne or the Nightwish singer (whose name I've forgotten- Tarjenen?) you will be disappointed. To illustrate the point you can't miss the part on track 1 where the female singers let out two whole minutes of ridiculoulsy over-the-top sarcastic laughter. I shake my head with despair. This sounds awful. When my mates (also into black/symphonic metal) heard this they burst into laughter themselves!
I'm sure there is a germ of a good idea in this band, but the singing style is so awful that any hint of inspiration is lost. On top of that, the guitaring has nothing of the driving force behind Sirenia or Opeth. This really is amateur sounding.
On account of the mediocre musicianship and especially on account of the awful awful singing, I urge you to pass on this.