|Review: Suidakra - Auld Lang Syne|
|Auld Lang Syne|
Label: Armageddon Music
Year released: 1998
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: March 5, 2005
Reviewed by: ShadowsFall
for:Auld Lang Syne
Hell yeah, fucking Suidakra! These guys are one of my most prized finds (I found them before hearing about them here on the crypt). Wow I sure am glad I found them, these guys just about completely own every band that plays around the same style of metal as they do. They have been around since sometime in 1994 and come from the good old country of Germany. They have seven full-length albums, including the new one Command To Charge which comes out in April of this year! They play a very unique style of melodic death metal, mixing in a bunch of folk influence as well as some black metal influences. This album, Auld Lang Syne is from back in their beginning, and is their second release.
Even though I enjoy everything about Suidakra, I had to lower the score on this album even though it is actually a damn good album because some of the songs don't hold up to Suidakra standards and the production is not all that good. With that said, this album does not really sound any different than any of their other releases (maybe a little more black metal influence, but that's it). Lucky enough for us Suidakra fans, they have not sold out yet like most melodic death bands, and they have stuck to the same unique style on every album. Now I'm sure some of you might say: well if they do the same thing on every album don't they get boring? The answer is fuck no they don't; and they don't do the same thing on every album, each album holds its own ground as an individual.
Like I said, I did not like this album as much as some of their others (probably because they were a new band and still learning) but it was still a must have for me. There are a couple songs that are not all that good, especially the outro calm, which is a bullshit two and a half minute piano song with some wind blowing in the background. Also in a couple of the songs, Arkadius Antonik's (Suidakra spelled backwards) vocals do not sound all that good. There are mainly harsh blackish vocals and not very many clean vocals in this album. My favorite song on the album would have to be the 6:21 epic Enticing Slumber. What an amazing guitar intro done by Arkadius. This is one of Suidakra's best songs, awesome guitar work with a lot of kick ass melody.
If you are a really big fan of Suidakra you might want to check this out just to hear how they sounded in the beginning, but if you are new to Suidakra I would not recommend this first, instead check out The Arcanum or better yet Signs For The Fallen.
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