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Talented/Diverse- a premonition - 85%

Etiam, May 31st, 2005

For those who knew of this band before reading this (or other) reviews, it is most likely that you came to know of them due to their 2004 release, Under A Stone With No Inscription. Dreams of Death and Dismay is not that album- this you must know and accept before proceding.

That is not to say there aren't similarities; there definately are. Some of those lovely dual guitar melodies woven throughout the pounding rhythym's, slightly raspy yet multi-talented vocals, competent drumming (though this Petersson is not quite up to par with the Pettersson who replaces him). This album's production is also of high quality, which is a necessity considering the comlpex interplay of all this band's parts.

Where UASWNI was sprawling and immensely complex, this album relies on its guitar riffs to bring it variety, rather than each song's identity, structure, and tempo. Basically, this is not as mature or advanced a release (nor as speedy). I do not mean to belittle this record, or the band, but the simple fact is that this release is entirely overshadowed by its follow-up.

This album, when taken solely by itself with no prior knowledge of what was to come, will definately please; these guys are very skilled with their instruments. Though I said this album is technical death, that doesn't mean the only thing to be heard here is random shredding and blastbeats. Anata's unique style of mixing almost breakdown style guitar riffs into very atmosphereic, melodic leads is executed very well on this album, at a mid to fast pace.

The point is, this is a great album from a great band, and stands on its own no matter what your prior experience with the band is. Just don't expect UASWNI part II.