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Review: The Elysian Fields - Suffering G.O.D. Almighty
The Elysian Fields
Suffering G.O.D. Almighty

Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 37:46
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: December 24, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)

Just from the name of the band, I could tell there would be a lot of keyboards on this one. Jackpot! The Elysian Fields play what is essentially "commercial" blackened Death Metal with quite a bit of keyboards. So if you like your Black/Death raw and brutal, this is not for you. This is however much better than what is offered by "big name" keyboard freaks such as Dimmu Borgir, for instance. The keyboards are quite present, sometimes a bit too much for my taste, but the guitars and drums are audible enough that most of the time the keyboards are at least tolerable. Quite a bit of electronica in this one, but not nearly as bad as what ...and Oceans had done starting with A.M.G.O.D. What you get is mid to fast-paced "clean" Black/Death with some good riffs here and there, while some other riffs are a bit boring and merely accompanying the keyboards. No clean vocals or anything like that, the vocalist sticks to Black Metal-style screeches, which helps offset the little electronic overload here. Atmosphere-wise I didn't find anything of interest, but at least the songs are well crafted and in the end the album isn't boring which is more than I can say for what I've listened to in that genre as of late. This may not win any prize for originality, but for the genre it is well done. If you are among those who like extreme metal with a good dose of keyboards, this one is definitely worth checking out.

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