|Review: Mercury Rain - St. Matthieu|
Year released: 2004
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: November 18, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Rated 2/5 (40%) (7 Votes)
I don't even know what the hell this is supposed to be. It is a female fronted band playing atmospheric and sad music. So I presume they are out to hunt the Goth population. Some symphonic stuff in there too.
I do not particularly enjoy this album however it is not utterly horrible. If you like the opera styled gothic metal, then add another album to that list you need to check out. These guys are clearly very talented musicians and are much heavier and crunchier than any other Gothic band I've heard. But my biggest problem with it is that they are TOO arty and ambitious…with elaborate story lines and time changes that get too annoying. The vocalist needs more power in her vocals. They do not go well with the music. Finally, the vocal melodies can use some work as they do not stick at all. Throughout the whole album you will be like 'is she not done whining on the same melody yet.'
I like this album because of the guitars in it though. They have good, chunky riffs that are the only thing that are memorable and can remind you what song this is with more listens. Particularly "Chimaera"; that is just an awesome track. And that is only because of the guitars in it, and nothing else. If you like Gothic Metal a lot, then chances are you will enjoy this quite a bit. If you have a selected interest in Gothic Metal, then this is not something that will change your opinion about the genre.
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