|Review: Almost Saint - ...For And Against Everybody|
|...For And Against Everybody|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Review online: September 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:...For And Against Everybody
Almost Saint is a melodic Black Metal hailing from Hungary. Of course, when we think melodic BM, we think "keyboards", and yes the band does make heavy use of them. The good news is that overall they are not overused, save for a few passages where they bury everything else and make this sound a bit too "happy" for its own good. But mostly, the keyboards take the backstage and merely accompany the other instruments - the instrumental "The Beginning" is a good example of tasteful use of keyboards. The music has more than its share of variety, mixing somewhat fast paced Black Metal with a few Death Metal riffs here and there, and also easing up a little to pay a visit into a slower traditional heavy metal sound at times, plus a few more or less acoustic passages. The vocals are mostly BM screeches with a few Death Metal growls creeping in here and there. Of course we get a couple of keyboard intros, and those are mostly melancholic in style, very well done and kept short and to the point.
The melodic Black Metal scene was overcrowded earlier in the decade and at some point all the bands were sounding the same, but these newcomers put just enough variety in their music to make it worth paying attention. I haven't said that about a melodic Black Metal band in years.
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