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Review: Knell - Among Eternal Chills
Among Eternal Chills

Label: Griffin Music
Year released: 2006
Duration: 36:08
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black/Folk Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 1, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Among Eternal Chills

Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

I was expecting something more "grim", seeing this was a Black Metal band from the Ukraine - Eastern Europe being a hotbed for that sound, but Knell are more of a "clean" Black Metal band with Folk undertones.  The vocals are most remarkable here, a clean style that's very "sing-along-ish", sometimes accompanied by rasps that follow the same pattern.  The music has a little bit of a symphonic Black Metal base mixed with a more traditional Heavy Metal sound, mostly mid-paced and sometimes speeding up a bit.  Keyboards are used, but they are not overdone and sometimes sound a little 80-ish when they're the only instrument being played (I couldn't help but think of the Beverly Hills Cop theme during those passages!)  This album is pretty catchy overall, with a lot of guitar passages that just call for a little session of air guitaring and other headbanging.  There's a hint of a dark atmosphere popping up here and there, but usually the music nullifies that sentiment.  In the end this album sounds quite upbeat.  This is accessible enough to spark some interest from people who would usually pass on the genre.  These guys don't sound like anything else I've heard (or at least that I can remember hearing ;)), and the album has been on regular rotation here for several days - good replay value.  Refreshing.

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