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Review: Eleine - Dancing in Hell
Dancing in Hell

Label: Black Lodge Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 49:50
Tracks: 11
Genre: Symphonic Metal


Review online: November 24, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

This band is essentially a vehicle for singer/model Madeleine "Eleine" Liljestam, playing a glossy, rather commercial brand of keyboard-heavy metal. This is their third album since 2011, so at least they are sticking with it, but there's just not much here to get very excited about. Liljestam has a good voice, sounding not a million miles removed from Amy Lee of Evanescence, though her range is a bit more limited. The songwriting is of a style that will be very familiar to anyone who has heard one of Kamelot's more recent albums. The guitars are heavy but serve as little more than a rhythm instrument, and the keys are just there to make this sound "symphonic" without any real classical stylings. The focus of the songs and the mix is the vocals, which are fine, but there are not really any ace melodies here, and it all sounds pretty much the same from song to song. So, this is well played and slickly produced, but it ends up just being utterly generic.

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