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Review: Amon-Ra - In the Company of the Gods
In the Company of the Gods

Label: Pure Underground
Year released: 2013
Originally released in: 1992
Duration: 53:32
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 1.5/5

Review online: March 16, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
In the Company of the Gods

Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

This is a re-release of a 21-year-old album that no one has heard of. I don't even know. This is fairly typical of melodic metal of the early 90s - a time when the subgenre was dying for a reason. The production is horrible, and there's no real excuse for that. It was recorded in 1992, yet sounds like 1982 with the muffled nature of the recording. This is pretty poppy too, with awful pop ballads like "Forever" and "When the Glitter fades Away", as well as the keyboard-laced horrors of "Middleground" and "Cloak and Dagger". You would think a band called Amon-Ra with the Egyptian imagery would be all about fantasy and myth, but instead we get a bunch of soggy pop lyrics about girls and crap like that. The first real song "Graveyard of the Dragon" is clearly the best song on here, with actual guitars and some cool vocal melodies, but it's like a severe bait-and-switch when you sign on for that and then get fifty minutes of the band trying to sound like 80s Foreigner, only wussier.

There are four bonus tracks added to the original album for this repressing, and these sound like early work by a band that might be worth hearing, as these feature actual guitars as opposed to soggy keyboard tripe and pop vocals. With the exception of the unbearable "She's My Lady", the bonus cuts are decent, but still don't make up for the rest of the crap on this disc. One good song does not make an album.

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