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Review: Sons of Azrael - The Conjuration of Vengeance
Sons of Azrael
The Conjuration of Vengeance

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 32:07
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 8, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Conjuration of Vengeance

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

My first thought upon seeing the band's name was that this would be Black Metal, but the guitars and drums quickly put that thought away, although the Death Metal growls are accompanied by BM-style shrieks. I'm usually more into BM vocals, but here they just sound out of place.

I classify these guys into melodic Death Metal, but don't mistake that for the ubiquitous Gothenburg sound. This is Death Metal alright, but with a hell of a lot of melody. In fact one could argue that the melodic Death Metal category is more fitting to this type of band than the aforementioned, but let's not go there. The razor-sharp, fast and heavy guitars and powerful drumming of NYDM are mixed in there, just in smaller doses. We even get the typewriter-style drums here and there, something I could very well live without. Speaking of which, the drums are all over the place, too much so. The guitar work is also a bit out there at times, but it feels more consistent than the drums overall. This is where the band shows the most strength, marrying fast and heavy riffs with slower melodic passages and a few solos that literally stand out.

Overall, not a bad album. The BM-style shrieks are a serious annoyance, almost making this sound like a Death Metal version of Cradle of Filth. OK maybe not that bad. ;) For those who can get past that, however, there are a few good songs and a few more anonymous numbers to be found here, but the lack of focus makes the album a bit hard to follow. A bit hit and miss, but a lot of potential.

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