Release length: 48:59
Well, it may not be the brightest gem in the death metal mounds, but this release certainly holds it’s own. While keeping the death metal sound, the release adds a hint of melody into the mix, but just enough to keep the release as brutal as it is catchy, which is very. The album is comprised of songs that are a fast pace, but not peel your skin off fast, and go into what would sound like a breakdown without the two step. “Dawn Of Despair” goes from really fast, then bridges over to a much slower pace throughout the song. And if you pay attention to the song, the guitar chords that start out “Treasures Of Darkness” make it seem as if “Dawn Of Despair” hasn’t really ended afterall. This song also follows the structure of “Dawn Of Despair” with the fast paced music that bridges into slower moments. While it may work for those songs, it does wind up ruining the song “The Fallen”.
One of the key things about this release would have to be the guitar solos. The climax solo on “Treasures Of Darkness” is perfect, sounding almost as if it were a part of the song and not just a guitar solo. The only issues to be had with this release, really, are the higher pitch black metal-esque wails that find the vocalist sounding as though he is straining to reach a high enough pitch to suit the music, which is noted very well on “On Death’s Wings” (in the beginning, it sounds alright towards the end), and the constant tempo changes. As you continue through the CD, it does feel overused and will get a little annoying. “Beyond Spectral Plains” must be noted, however, as a song that will bore you after the first listen. While the faster elements are great, as well as the solo, the rest of the song just sounds rather typical and bland. There is also a instrumental cover of “Don’t Fear The Reaper” at the very end of the track Re-Animation, which has absolutely no point whatsoever and can be ignored
This hidden gem is something worth checking out. It is definitely something a little different in the death metal world in comparison to some of the bands that have been releasing material that either sounds like another famous band, or has constantly lazy breakdowns throughout each song on their release. With one, possibly two songs that will get old quick, much of this release will find it’s way back into your CD player for repeat spins, and will always be worth a listen later down the line as well.
01. Dawn Of Despair – 5:24
02. Treasures Of Darkness – 6:41
03. On Death’s Wings – 7:13
04. Pinnacle Of Hate – 4:12
05. The Fallen – 6:15
06. The Dark Mystery – 6:42
07. Beyond Spectral Plains – 6:51
08. Re-Animation – 5:41
|Overall Score: 6/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.