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Elend's sixth release, A World in Their Screams, was nothing but a blind purchase... Wait, no, I lie - it wasn't entirely blind, I remember reading something a long time ago praising the band and their composition skills, so I decided from their discography, I'd get this. Honestly, I did not expect such a tremendous effort as heard on this album.
Right from the beginning, apart from the atmosphere, which I'll discuss later, you (the listener) will notice the authentic sound in the symphonic work - not as Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and any other 'symphonic' band, but along the lines of something you'd find in a Mendelssohn composition, or something thereof, weak comparison, I know - but you get the idea. As well as the essential orchestral instruments, modern sounding synths, screams, and an array of ear piercing noises contrast the symphony to produce something I, personally, have never heard anything like it, nor even close.
A World in Their Screams can only be compared to a lucid nightmare - the terror, fear and despair is so real, it'll leave you in pain well after the experience is over. Another thing that is quite outstanding is the use of vocals, howling soprano vocals, hopeless, depressive voice overs and the use of screams; very artistic, and it fits the music very well. Theyâ€™re much more effective than DSBM screams, or thrash metal screams, they have a very schizophrenic sound about them.
One flaw is present on this album, at times the music seems to wear a little thin. After a a very noisy, extreme symphony, thereâ€™s often down times, of a few swaying notes on an individual instrument. Itâ€™s great, and contrasts the music well enough, I just feel Elend, after hearing what they are capable of, couldâ€™ve created a more captivating â€˜down timeâ€™ in their music. But, as we all know, no music is absolutely perfect (no matter how many perfectly scored album there are!).
Thereâ€™s not much more to say. Just to conclude and summarize; a terrifying, symphonic experience, unlike anything you have ever heard, or will ever hear. Elend are an incredible, original (the two of them are hard to come by these days on their own, let alone together). Just get it.