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SPECTRAL SORROWS

Edge of Sanity

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.28 | 23 ratings

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RavenDarkmoon
3 stars Don't expect sweet mellow style of Opeth or the technical porwess of Cynic or Atheist. Expect lots of blood, lots... especially if you dislike brutal grunts and very, very loud music.

This what you'll listen in the third incarnation of Edge of Sanity. Brutal and gore, geysers of blood and mutilated corpses.

"Darkday", "Living Hell", "Jesus Cries", "Waiting to Die" and "Feedin' The Charlatan" (well, you know what to expect just by looking the song titles.) are straightforward insane Death metal songs: Lots of tremolo, powerful and repetitive druming and blood-curling grunts chanting lyrics of death, gore and deceased bodies. That doesn't mean that the songs are bad, there are actually good prog moments (especially in "Feedin' The Charlatan and Jesus Cries") fused in all the blood gushing cannibal that SPECTRAL SORROWS is. The problem lies if you can have the patience of listening all of the album.

In some songs like "Lost" or "Blood of my Enemies", lyrics are about Nordic Mythology, this doesn't make "Lost" a less brutal song but it's one of the more acceptable songs in the album.

"Blood of my Enemies" is where Swano and co. put on their Manowar cap and compose a worthy Hymn like song but nothing out of this world.

"A Serenade for the Dead" breaks completely the structure of the band, for it's a beatiful orchestrated song but nothing that it hasn't been done

I was surprised when I listened "Sacrificed". Me: Is this Edge of Sanity or Clan of Xymox? For those who don't know, Clan of Xymox is a darkwave or electrogoth band with rock touches. Swano's deep voice, the catchy riffs, the electronic drumming and prominent bass line got me hooked from the beginning even thoug the song is somewhat simple.

"The Masque", "Across the Fields of Forever" and "On the Other Side" are the highlights of the album: Lots of tempo changes, diverse drumming (sometimes) and good acoustic passages and piano passages.

It's a great Death Metal album but lacks the right type of punch to be a good prog album. Recommendable for fans of Bloodbath, Sceptic Flesh and near Brutal Death Metal Fans 3 stars.

RavenDarkmoon | 3/5 |

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