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Pure Brilliance - 100%

Quicksilverturk, July 31st, 2004

If there ever was a metal super-group, it is found here. This CD is packed full of pure brilliance, from abstract lyrics to amazing arrangements. The guitar playing of Tidemann will certainly excite you, and with Hellhammer on the drums you know what you can expect. His thundering double-bass are a-plenty on this album. When you sit back and think about the theme of the band, you may have your doubts. A metal band with a string quartet? It looks odd, but the sound is little bit towards amazing.
The sorrowful string entrance in What is Beauty should give you a foreshadowing of the dark mood of the album, then Lars Ericcson (I think?)'s spoken part "Can you feel the snapping of twigs.." sent chills down my spine. Once that's over, the song begins and you hear Tidemann show off, with Hellhammer providing the double-kicks. The song is composed magnificently and I applaud the writers. The sorrowful piano playing of Winter is heard on Sounds like Desolation, providing a perfect intro into Theory or Relativity. The album continues to kick hard until #5, The Fireworks of Genesis. This is the stand-out track in my opinion. "We reach towards the untouchable.." The strings and riff fit perfectly, creating a meloncholic mood. Then Tidemann shows off once again with some great lead runs. "Feed the fire.." The piano behind this is unbelievably gorgeous, then the piano solo.. So sad. Under The Stars is another great song with a great piano entrance. Everything about this band is unique too me. This band is simply amazing, this album is a testament to that. This gets a rare 100. If you don't have this album, and are a fan of classical music, or just a fan of good music, this is a must have.