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Review: Unanimated - In The Light Of Darkness
In The Light Of Darkness

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 45:46
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: April 15, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
In The Light Of Darkness

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (14 Votes)

This is the long-awaited third full-length from Unanimated, whose last album, the excellent Ancient God Of Evil was released way back in 1995, so you know this is the result of a reunion. The 90's were rubbish for metal, and so the band broke up in '96, finally rejoining in 2007 for some shows and, it seems, a whole new disc. In between, the members played in a virtual who's-who of Scandinavian extreme metal, gigging with the likes of Dismember, Dark Funeral, Carbonized, Merciless, Entombed, and Nifelheim.

I wanted to like this more than I do, considering how cool I thought their last disc was, but time takes its toll, and even an all-original lineup cannot always recapture the mindset and feel of a bygone day. This is not a bad album at all, but it just lacks the spark of aggression that made Ancient God Of Evil so good. The songs here are more melodic and moody, and the production is soft and weak, with a smooth, safe guitar sound and almost no life to it at all. Everything is mixed low and nothing is given prominence – which works for some music but not this, as it just makes everything sound equally boring. "The Endless Beyond" kicks up some dust, as does the title track, but overall this just comes across as a band going through the motions. In The Light Of Darkness is not bad, but nothing about it really stands out either.

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