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...Good thing they got better! - 58%

Iron_Thunder, December 3rd, 2003

Though I quite like Charon, a Finno-Goth act, I must say you can all cope without ever hearing this debut. It’s certainly not dreadful nor appalling to listen to, but it is nothing special. There are a few good songs, however for the most part it’s fairly uneventful. I can’t quite put my finger on what’s wrong—I think it might be that there is no particular style to it and the writing is a tad shifty. Later, compositions and the band’s personality grew and matured, thankfully. As you may already have guessed from the length of this review, I have really nothing to say about it. “To Serve You,” “Morrow” and “Neverbirth” are the best tracks by far, and “Nightwing” is alright… other than that, I would really only recommend this to die-hard Charon fans.

Beh - 50%

Znarglaxe, November 15th, 2003

Charon is a band that started off rough. This album proves it. This is one of those bands that sounds like Newer Sentenced (if you've never heard newer sentenced, they have clean low male vocals with just regular heavy metal guitars and what not). Now this is a style I have no problem with, but when this album came out, it is obvious they were just trying out their sound. There is only one keeper on this album, and that is "Nightwing". Otherwise, the album is just about all filler/background noise.

All the instrumentation is basic. The guitars are nothing special, and the bass is nothing special, doing only what is necessary to create music and give it personality. The drums aren't doing anything spectacular either, but that isn't a problem since the music works with the setting the band has tried to create. The vocals though, on this album, capture a certain level of feeling and emotion, which is hard to do anymore. Overall i would say that anyone who is a fan of darker music (in an emotional sense) would like this album and possibly all of this bands work. A definite must for any fans of new Sentenced and of that style in general.