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Review: Sephiroth - Gods and Nightmares
Gods and Nightmares

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 1:04:51
Tracks: 12
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: December 20, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Gods and Nightmares

Rated 4.42/5 (88.42%) (19 Votes)

I'll be up front and admit I was not looking forward to this one when I got the promo for it. Everything from the amateurish Photoshop album covers to a debut album that was nothing but Christmas covers to the fact that it was advertised as a one-man Melodic Death Metal band led me to believe this was going to be amateurish and embarrassing. Thankfully, it's not really either of those things, but I can't really call it great either.

Gods and Monsters is definitely a Melodic Death Metal album, warts and all. It has some solid guitar work, some impressive melodic leads, decent grunts that suffer from a lack of variety, keys played over the songs that don't add much, and hyperactive songwriting that only occasionally settles into an enjoyable groove. There are places where the music slows down and gets more emotional, like on "When I Found Her" and "Wake Me", and these parts remind me a good bit of Eternal Tears of Sorrow, albeit not as good. The version I have comes with some re-recorded versions of some tracks from the album, with "In Santanus Confidimus" and "Utopia Misanthropia" lacking the keys and being more aggressive (despite being called the "Pure Black" versions, they're only marginally closer to Black Metal than the originals) and an acoustic version of "When I Found Her". The former two tracks actually sound a lot better than most of the album proper, which tells me this guy can make some damn solid music if he just drops the keys and gets angrier, and the latter suggests he should lay off the attempts at being emotional, as the acoustic strumming and laughable clean vocals don't do the song any favors. I'll admit that there's more potential here than I was expecting, and that's certainly worth a nod, but if you've heard another middle-of-the-road Melodeath album, then you've already heard this.

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