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Marking a new path for metal music perhaps? - 95%

divinerapture, April 10th, 2005

The Elysian Fields. Well, against all odds, the band is back after 4 years of silence with what already sounds like the most innovative album of their career. Using electronic elements and combining them with their famous Melodic/Extreme Death Metal sound, the band released their 4th album entitled “Suffering G.O.D. Almighty” and Europe is in for another wave of creativity that might as well reach the shores of all continents.

The trio composing The Elysian Fields didn’t come back just for the sake of being back as this album unveils so many great aspects of their music. The melodies flow from melodic to extreme with a simplicity that can only be induced by great musicianship. The electronic elements are present all the times and really are a strong component of the songs; they aren’t simple background sounds to be able to put the label “electronic” on their music. The production even put the emphasis on the effects and keys more than on anything else, and it seems to be working perfectly in spite of the fast rhythms. The vocals are growled with few exceptions and they stick to the empowering guitar riffs. Those riffs are grandiose and head banging is mandatory at times.

My only complaint is that this album is rather short (below the 40 minute mark) but then I’ve been listening to this album at least 3 times in a row for the past 10 days and I’m still totally into it.

Some of you might think that late Dark Tranquillity albums are a reference in terms of blending Melodic Death Metal with electronic elements. Well, you’re right but I think The Elysian Fields are pushing the envelope even further on this album and it’s all working for them.

I can already tell you that some fans will be taken aback by the electronic sound of “Suffering G.O.D. Almighty”, but for all the wrong reasons. If they would take one minute to listen to the result before protesting, the truth would fly in their face. This album has class, consistency, a great production and potential hits. If you like Melodic Death Metal loaded with electronic sounds, “Suffering G.O.D. Almighty” is waiting for you. I’ll go as far as saying that this album is pioneering, establishing a trend in Death Metal that will last.