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Uninspired - 50%

Firey, June 21st, 2003

First of all, this is not a bad album. I even like to listen to it from time to time. The problem is that it's not very good. Or good at all.
The music is simplistic black metal, with strong heavy metal influences in the guitar sound, especially noticeable in the solos. Adding up to the athmosphere there are some keyboards, although pushed to the back in the mix, and pretty good female vocals. Male (scream) vocals are also pretty good, not the best in the genre, but definately not the worst. All the other instruments have been played well, but the overall reasult is not good.
The real problem is the ever so obvious lack of inspiration. It's obvious that the band had tried to make a progressive black metal album with influneces of many different music styles (just listen to that "dark tribal precussion jam" named "5"), but instead they kept runnig in circles repeating same ideas through every song on the album, so you can sometimes get the feeling of listenong to one song over and over again. Even the album name and cover reflect that overall lack of inspiration.
Don't get me wrong, there are good ideas on this album,but there's only enough of them to make 3 or 4 songs, definately not 13 (since the 14th song is Merciful Fate cover). I don't know what the other albums are like, but if this is their worst one, the band is worth checking out. If not, oh well, it's just one of the many that never seem to get it right.