|Review: Grief Of Emerald - Christian Termination|
Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2002
Review online: May 23, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (15 Votes)
Kind of a Black/Death metal hybrid here, both the vocals and the music alternating a little bit which make things interesting but also and unfortunaly a bit confusing - as if there is no real sense of direction coming from the band. Add to this a bit of keyboards in the background that are a bit discreet but still present enough to annoy. Moreover, I don't see what they are supposed to do here as they don't blend very well with the other instruments... Pointless addition in my opinion, maybe to grab the keyboard-loving fanbase or something. Hell, the keyboards remind me at times of Cradle of Filth, that can't be good! :) In fact, a few songs seem a little too CoF-inspired for comfort. Other than that, there's some pointless abuse of the blast beats that just overload the sound without adding anything good to the songs. There are still a few good moments on the album, a few good riffs here and there, but overall this has all been done before and better. Well, obviously some people, mostly those into the more "commercial" breed of Black/Death, will dig that kind of stuff. Something I recommend to sample before buying. I'd be curious to hear if their previous material also resemble this.
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