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Review: Tidfall - Instinct Gate
Instinct Gate

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 42:03
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: November 28, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

This is a band that I have heard a lot about but had yet to hear anything from them myself. What I had heard was that it some pretty damn good black metal and from the more than a few spins I have given it I would be inclined to agree.

Tidfall is a band from Norway that plays black metal (what a shock that is…a black metal band from Norway…:)). Their version of black metal is almost a perfect mixture of brutal and melodic black metal. This has keyboards in it but strictly in a supporting role, much like Dimmu Borgir. I mentioned Dimmu since through the listens I have given it that is the best comparison I can make. The brutality mixed with the melody reminds me a lot of "Puritanical.." but it still has its unique style as well. The songs are all well structured and a couple of them can even be said to have some pretty damn good hooks. I never thought I would be able to say that with a black metal album. The vocals are your standard for this genre and are no better or worse than any other. The guitar parts are excellent on this album as well. Very clear in the production and more than a few interesting riffs dominate this album.

Overall I would say if you were a fan of the well-produced black metal you would definitely like this. I think anyone that liked the last Dimmu album will certainly agree with me that this is well worth owning. Highly Recommended.

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