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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.27 | 40 ratings

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3 stars Continuation.

Borknagar continues to evolve their sound, with much more added effect from Hammond organs and synthesizers, along with different song dynamics. Combinations of operatic chorus vocals with grim vocals is found. Guitars shift from back in the mix to forward, sometimes to ill effect however.

Songs range quite much (and somewhat surprisingly). Some seem quite dull (Gods of My World) as almost cringeworthy metal songs, while others are very intriguing, like the 7th Guest sounding Matter and Motion, an extremely eerie piece. There's quite a bit of diversity, even some jazzy interludes.

Some of the clean vocals can be a bit "too much" at times, just being a bit over the top, but overall it's mostly solid work. Understand this certainly is not for everyone, and I would recommend you have a taste for the genre, even an acquired one, before approaching this. Not excellent, but a nice little piece of work that is rewarding if you have the patience.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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