Look, I've got to be honest with you- when it comes to the career history of Cemetary, like pioneers Therion, when they first came on to the scene in the early nineties they had the potential to be the reigning lords of the Swedish death metal genre. "An evil shade of grey and Beyond Sanctorum" are two of the best albums ever to come out in this sector, but where differences differ- in a sense is that Therion went on to at least another decades worth of innovative but puzzling opera metal. Cemetary instead went head first into a template of boring and wasteland goth rock, but that transition wasn't yet fully set in motion on this second effort from the band, but it was clear even (at this stage) that they had no intention of repeating the pristine results they had achieved on their debut album "An evil shade of grey".
That said, "Godless Beauty" is still an excellent album fully worthy of both technical and progressive metal- merit. There is still some sign of that Swedish buzz and bottom end but the album doesn't have the bass or power behind it to truly rank as a full on and committed death metal album. There is a variety of different songwriting and influence experimentation going on here, lots of little nuances, melodic undercurrents and unexpected sounds. The album is certainly a very strong one, always united by a high standard and quality of songs; I found it all to be highly enjoyable- it's just a shame therefore that after this they descended into a mirky world of obscurity and a equal set of unimaginative follow-up albums.
Godless beauty:- Recommended for fans of "To ride - era Entombed" and other death metal/death & roll/melodic hybrid metal music. 4.5/5