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Review: Entwine - Time Of Despair
Time Of Despair

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 43:04
Tracks: 9
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 22, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Time Of Despair

Rated 2.14/5 (42.86%) (7 Votes)

I was quite eager to give this new album from Entwine a listen considering how much I liked their last effort "Gone". I was curious if they could come up with the same quality as was displayed on that album or if they could even top it. After listening to the album 5 or 6 times now I think I can honestly say that I like the album but I still like the last album a bit more. Not to say this is bad but for some odd reason this one just doesn’t grab me the way the last one did even though stylistically the are generally the same. I cant really pinpoint what exactly it is that I find better on "Gone", I just seem to get more enjoyment out of that one.

For those not familiar with the band they are from Finland and play a gothic style of metal in the same general vicinity as bands like Sentenced, Amorphis, Tiamat and Anathema. This is their 3rd full-length album with the other two being "The Treasures Within Hearts" (1999) and "Gone" (2001).

The music overall on the new one is pretty much the same as "Gone" with a few minor changes. The Goth styling is still there but the band has added a little touch of electronic music on a few tracks as well. At first I didn’t really care for this but it has seemed to grow on me to the point where I actually think it adds to the overall feel. The deep depressing vibe is still ever present as I can honestly say that there isn’t a "happy" song anywhere on the album. A very good album to listen to when it’s raining out and you are in one of those vegging out kind of moods where you don’t feel like doing anything.

Overall I think I may have been hoping for something a little more but a very good album nonetheless. Any fans of the aforementioned bands will certainly enjoy this album as well. Recommended.

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