This is the fifth time I have set out to do this review (in as many days too). This one is hard. It’s good, but I feel I need more listens. I basically know nothing of this band, aside from what Surt (Black Trinity) has told me, and even he knew little about them.
I do like the first track, “Cellos for the Insatiable.” As well, I liked the second track, “Serpent’s Embrace,” despite the fact that it reminds me of a black metal In Flames.
It’s track three that I have trepidation. “Light Reborn” starts out on a marching tempo, but slows to a crawl and it feels forced. It’s still good, but this is not one of the strongest tracks here.
Now “Faded Years,” I like this one. It has this odd groove that you NEVER find in black metal. (And yes, this is black metal. It feels like it and the vocals sound it as well.)
“Solitude” is slow. I mean slow, but not so slow as to induce a coma. It has the feel of Samael and Dead Silent Slumber. In fact, that is what this entire CD feels like. It IS good on so many aspects, yet it falls short on a couple of the songs. “Solitude” is not one of them.
“Limbs of a Stare” fucked me up, period. I did not expect this one. Slow piano with a looped drum rhythm, OK, I can see that. Then the female singer hit, and I thought I was listening to a neo-goth CD. This is more fitting of an industrial/goth/EBM CD. It’s good, but it really didn’t feel right on this. Especially when it is followed by a kill bomb like “The Darkness Inside” (which feels like a Dimmu Borgir tune, only on opiates).
Like I said, there are a lot of good tunes on here; (out of the nine, seven are really good, even if there is not black metal blasting) it’s too bad a couple of them were not up to par. There is not a bit of blasting here. They go for atmosphere rather than brutality, which is a refreshing thing considering I have been bleeding my ears to Marduk and their likeness as of late.
This is good and if you like Dimmu Borgir, Dead Silent Slumber and Samael, then I am pretty sure this will be welcomed into your own collection.
Rating: 7 out of 10.
(NOTE: This CD also comes with a video clip and some behind the scenes footage of the making of the video and behind the recording of the CD.)