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Not what I expected at all. I only checked out this album after having heard the title track, which is a slow paced atmospheric track. I half expected the rest of the album to be atmospheric like that, afterall Jens Rydén used to be a session musician in Ancient Wisdom, but it turns out that that song was a one off. The rest of the album is a collection of thrashy, mid to fast(ish) paced songs.
I prefer Rydén's vocals sound in Naglfar to the vocals on this album. On Entombed in the Midnight Hour he seems to have taken a raspy, shouty thrash approach to vocals rather than a more piercing black metal approach. But it's not all bad, the vocals grow on you after a while once you realise that this really isn't symphonic black/death metal at all.
Musically it's like a mix of melodic death and black metal, with keyboards, and a side order of thrash. The best thing this album has going for it is the groove that carries through the whole album. Even during the leads, which are brought to us by some guys I've never heard of and which all sound great, the groove carries on. The guitar playing is precise, the drumming is nicely varied, the bass is... ok nevermind that. The keyboards, however, can get annoying at times. For example, for whatever reason, Rydén felt the need to use xylophones in some places, uggh. For the most part the keys just stay in the background just giving the music a larger feel.
Most of the songs sound the same, and they all transition into one another so you may need to be paying close attention to notice when the song changes, but the album basically has three parts. I'm not sure what to classify the first three songs as, they're a mix of a bucket full of genres. Entombed in the Midnight Hour is on its own, being a slow acoustic song aside from its guitar solo, with female vocals, and a cello. Then the final three songs are pretty much melodic death metal.
I didn't know what to make of it at first, but I do like it.
-Headbangable groove all the way through
-It sounds more like 3 songs rather than 7
-The vocal style
-Occasionally annoying keyboards