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Operatic death metal? Until now I had never heard of such a thing, and I am very ashamed to say that it exists, even more ashamed to say that this musical abomination is practiced in the home of my ancestors, Germany. Hailing from Dresden, Fangorn play very average mid-paced traditional death metal, not so bad on its own, but what sends this album straight to the shitter is the presence of clean female vocals over what are obviously death metal riffs.
I’ve never understood “operatic” metal. Nightwish and Lacuna Coil and the like are horrible, horrible groups and, in my opinion, barely qualify as metal. Now why a group would take this vocal style and combine it with some cheesed-out death metal music is beyond me. I’m all for experimentation within music, but the experiment has to make sense. You can’t combine two polar opposites and expect the outcome to be anything other than rancid feces.
If the female singing was absent from this record I could see it possibly being a generic, but perfectly acceptable, death metal record. I might give it three skulls even. However, the clean singing is so out of place and so fucking stupid that I can’t recommend this album to any metal fan. What would have been a snooze fest of an album just becomes another stupid band to laugh at because of horrible ideas.
Originally Published @ www.metaljudgment.com (c) 2003