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Review: Nightshade - Wielding The Scythe
Wielding The Scythe

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 38:45
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Black

Rating: 3/5

Review online: December 2, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Wielding The Scythe

Rated 3.44/5 (68.75%) (16 Votes)

This band plays "melodic death metal" in pretty much the same vein as In Flames. What I hear here is pretty much a mix of every "trick in the book", using common elements from bands who have pioneeredthe sound - in other words, don't expect much originality here, but if you can't get enough of that sound, you'll most likely be happy with this album. Reasonable use of keyboards - not too much except in a couple of places, there's even female vocals on one of the songs (Sanctum) and after listening to the album for a few times, I couldn't help but wonder why - it sounds so out of place that I see this as nothing else but a gimmick.

Overall the music is pretty good, quite energetic, and when the keyboards are kept quiet the guitar work is pretty good and entertaining. But really there isn't anything here that I haven't heard before - it's well-played and most of the album is a good listen, but it sounds very clone-like as well, I don't really hear the band's identity in this. Maybe on a future album? In Flames-clones fanatics will want to grab this, but others should spend their money elsewhere for now and wait to see if the band emerges on its own with their next album.

Other related information on the site
Review: Wielding The Scythe (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Nightshade on April 3, 2003 (Interviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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