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Different - 90%

megafury, March 18th, 2004

I've been meaning to give this album a review for quite a while. The band displays an impressive array of different textures achieved with layers of violins and keyboards going over rough power chords and top notch singing. The female singing is really better than what you'd expect from any other metal band, soft and angelic, yet can keep the pace with the faster tempos. There's a dude that does vocals too, he kind of sounds like a better Danni Filth. Not only can he do the screeching growls, he does some clean singing which is pretty damn good too.The best description I could give the music is that it's symphonic, experimental, avant-garde gothic metal, with a small hint of thrashy black metal. You won't find much bands that sound like this really, they arranged a lot of different melodies. It's unconventional how they have the violins parallel the guitar. Try imagining bits and pieces of Arcturus, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Novembre, Symphony X, and Lacuna Coil, with no borders, no predictable structures. The female and male vocals seem to communicate with each other too, some sort of story is going on with the lyrics. Kind of like what Bal-Sagoth does.