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Review: Suffering Souls - An Iconic Taste of Demise
Suffering Souls
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An Iconic Taste of Demise

Label: Fetzner Death Records
Year released: 2024
Duration: 55:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating:
3/5


Review online: July 4, 2024
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Suffering Souls doesn't exactly scream "symphonic black metal" as a band name, but this is what they do. Lots of keys, as can be expected, and for the most part this is well in line with symphonic black metal that puts those forward, with the rest of the instruments in for the ride. The vocals are a mix of whispery, raspy black metal vocals and clean vocals. Let's not beat around the bushes, I think the clean vocals sound out of place and are a distraction. That feeling just kept growing the more I listened to the album. Getting past that, An Iconic Taste of Demise is listenable, though sounds kind of bland. There's nothing here that really stands out, and you get nearly an hour of it. The fact that the album ends on two instrumentals totalling roughly 13 minutes of basically classical music doesn't help. There's nothing wrong with those tracks, but the album kind of outstays its welcome and could have benefitted from being about 15 minutes shorter. There's definite potential here, but the band needs to focus their skills on the songwriting to really grab the listener instead of giving a feeling of just going through the motions.

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