|Review: Madrigal - I Die, You Soar|
|I Die, You Soar|
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2001
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: February 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:I Die, You Soar
Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)
A band from Gothenburg and they don't play Melodic Death Metal!? Well actually I lie; there is a slight hint of melodeath to be heard – only a little. Madrigal only ever had this one album, they disbanded after this one and it's a shame because while not amazing I Die, Your Soar was a decent debut album showing promise for a future that never came to pass. Gothic Metal isn't one of my strong points, although this album manages to keep my attention throughout. They take slight progressive elements in their sound as well as moments that remind of Evergrey and Dark Tranquility in their sound. The guitar work relies far too much on open chords for my liking though, I certainly would have liked more in the way of riffs.
The arrangements, keys, and structure are all spot on, the music is very somber and emotional. The tracks are for the most part short yet epic; "Ashen Eye" sticks out to me as a personal favorite in particular the beautiful guitar solo. The track reminds me of Evergrey in their slower more epic moments – which can be said of the whole album (and most likely the reason for my enjoyment). "Enticed" is another nice track again very epic. I certainly prefer the later half of the album as things start off quite weak; the album really builds up throughout. However this album is far from perfect, some of the vocals come across as amateur and it's really not heavy enough, although as an album everything works pretty well. Madrigal put out a nice debut that Gothic Metal fans should definitely check out. Fans of Evergrey and thoughtful emotional music would also do well to look into Madrigal. It's a shame we never heard anything more from these guys.
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