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Review: Angercure - Through Soreful Harmony Demanded
Through Soreful Harmony Demanded

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 55:13
Tracks: 10
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: August 3, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Through Soreful Harmony Demanded

Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (5 Votes)

Gothic Metal with male vocals is kind of the exception to the rule these days with most bands opting for either a female lead or a combination of "beauty and the beast" singing. But back when this style was first coalescing, Pete Steele and Type O Negative set the benchmark, and that's the style that Bulgaria's Angercure hearkens to on their second album, Through Soreful Harmony Demanded. As if the album title wasn't enough of a clue, song titles like "Gravedigger Girl," "Dead Light Dial" and "Let Me Perish Lazily" should erase all doubt as to what Angercure sound like. Mournful melodies, slow, brooding tempos, omnipresent bottom end and doleful singing permeate the album. Don't expect to hear a major chord or any kind of dramatic lead work, as they would dispel the dark, gloomy atmosphere. This studio project (the band has no plans to play live, according to their Facebook page) hits all the right notes but the songwriting is generic and none of the songs generate much emotional investment from the listener. They are like Type O outtakes, albeit well played outtakes. If you like the more recent output of bands like Tiamat and Paradise Lost and the classic stuff from Type O Negative, Through Soreful Harmony Demanded will probably sound OK to your ears but isn't likely to blow you away.

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