|Review: Anvil of Doom - Deathillusion|
Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2004
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: October 27, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Lately I've run into a couple of so-so releases from Xtreem Music, but this one is actually a good surprise. Anvil of Doom are described by the label as "melodic death metal", but it goes a bit further than your average band of the genre, with the inclusion of some doom elements and a sound that's overall rawer and more aggressive than what has been served in the genre in recent years. The one thing that annoys me on this album is the use of some sound effects that can be pretty distracting. Like a phone ringing at the beginning of a song, which made me jump up about half a metre while on the bus ride home, and frantically reach for my cell phone. OK that part was anecdotal (and true.) They do have some background sound effects here and there that don't add anything to the songs, they don't fit. There isn't too much of that, but enough to get noticed. Anyway. I've seen the band labelled as doom, death, melodic death and I think something else on various sites. There's a bit of all that in here, along with some heavy/thrash influences mostly audible in the guitars. The vocals are pretty much along the lines of melodic death - near-death style growls but a bit harsher, not unlike some older In Flames (long before they turned into N*FLAMEZ) as well as Dark Tranquillity, and even sometimes flirting a bit with black metal-style screeches. There are some clean vocals that vary from quite melodic to quite raucous, getting near Thrash territory. These guys are basically giving back some guts and variety to a genre that's been wimpified in the past few years. Move over, N*FLAMEZ and followers. THIS is how a sound evolves.
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