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Unique and Diverse Melodic Death. - 90%

rokawhite, October 12th, 2007

This album is a piece of unique melodic death metal, drawing it's sound from a variety of influences, of which the most clear one is Kalmah.

So what makes it different? In my opinion, it's the diversity in the songs. This is what diffrenciates this album from generic melodic death metal, which can be quite monotonous. The use of keyboards on the album is extensive. Of all the instruments, the keyboard stands out the best.

On the music front, the guitars are very well played, with timely and diverse riffing. Influence is drawn from many genres of metal, including speed, folk and industrial metal. The production is clear, making it easy to lose yourself in the music.

Another highlight of this album is the effects. For example, at about 2:30 in "The Black Letter" the riffing has an almost industrial feel to it. In the beginning of "Thornhearts", an orchestral feeling dominates. "All For The Unspoken" begins with a heavy, almost melancholic note. Soon, insane riffing follows.

Apart from this, the vocals are a show of great skill as well. Many songs are a perfect blend of growls, clean singing and screams.

Overall, this is a revolutionary piece of melodic death metal, and is a must-buy for fans of the genre.

Highlight Tracks : All For The Unspoken, Shotgun Symphony.

Amazing first full-lenght album! - 96%

Frankcool, September 21st, 2007

It's my first review and I'm not so good at reviewing albums or bands, but nobody have made it so far for this one, so I felt like I had to. Because this band is awesome.

Symphony of Delusions is a fresh album, with many different influences. I don't like to put genres on bands. It is clearly very melodic though. There is a lot of variety through all the songs. The vocals are sung differently very often. It goes to the high harsh vocals, to the deep death growl, and beautiful clear singing.

The keyboard is a very important instrument in Blind Stare. They use it both to create atmospheres, and for the lead. Even when it is in the background, we can hear it distinctively. They put amazing interludes/breaks to let you relax before the next part; nevertheless, they manage to keep it epic. Drums are also a good part. Basic patterns, to odd beats, tempo changes; it's impossible to get bored when you listen to this album.

And obviously, the guitars. Very nice melodies all over the album. Melodic death metal or folk-like riffs, you'll hear everything. Very powerful, almost emotional, touching parts in some songs.

They also put some brilliant effects in some songs. Just take Shotgun Symphony for example. Around 4:16, the shotgun sound and bass sliding out downwards is just amazing. You have to hear this. The following part of the song (the chorus, I guess) is very powerful and epic. Again, beautiful keyboard.

I'll skip the lyric part, English isn't my first language.

All in all, Symphony of Delusion is one of my favorite metal albums. Buy it, RIGHT NOW! Seriously, if you like, epic symphonic melodic death black metal, or whatever it is, you'll love this one.

My favorite songs would be: My Black Letter, An Insane's Diary, Part II, Shotgun Symphony, Words of Truth... Ah, forget it... I love every track on this album!