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Thematically, Avatarium has a fragmented, dreamlike quality that the sometimes unconventional song structures emphasise, with lyrics that invoke dark, evasive fairytales, sorcerous conspiracies and the red grimness of nature. Jennie-Ann Smith's vocals add a crucial element to the realisation of these aesthetics and are one of the obvious highlights, delivering an enchantment and power that echoes the presence, phrasing and strength of Messiah Marcolin in female form.
With its higher level of experimentation, the riffs are more reminiscent of mid-era Candlemass like From The 13th Sun, Candlemass and the Abstrakt Algebra material than early albums like Tales of Creation or Nightfall. Though the doomier sections are strong and crushing and bear all the trademarks of their prodigious creator, it is the lighter interludes that carve up the boulder-heavy slabs of doom which add a subtlety and depth of interest that makes Avatarium more than the quick spin off project that Edling's doom supergroup Krux - for all of its quality material - has often felt like.
Totally taken back by the vocal performance, sheer beauty contrasting with the brutal riffs that manage to meld together as if they were never meant to be apart.
There is a great sense of depth on offer through the gradual shifts from a barrage of distortion to delicately picked guitar strings, great compositions.
Overall, a great effort from every member/component, which is what a band is all about & these guys show it in abundance.
A no brainer, go buy it.
For me the stand out track on this album is "Lady In The Lamp" which is a stunning ballad.
I didn't go far wrong. Can't say as it's overly DOOMY but it Rocks. Lot's of RIFFAGE in a more trad METUHL way than Candlemass, there's organ insertions and what is probably sampletron too and there's a chick singer.
I suppose if you ever wanted to hear what a Candlemass/Purple/Rainbow/Euro Chick Gothic Metal mash up would sound like then you'd find out here. Boneflower could even fit on Purson's album.
So that's a BUY then. Good Buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliantly put together album, hooked from track one. Buy you will not be disappointed.Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. A. Bruce
An unusual mix of heavy riffs and sweet vox. I kinda like it. Will follow this band.Published 6 months ago by Big Six
Amazing debut from doom veterans meets jazz/folk singer. Nothing short of brilliant.
Edling is the genius behind this but the whole band works to create a unique sound