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Review: Star Of Ash - Iter.viator
Star Of Ash

Label: Jester Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Unclassifiable

Rating: 1/5

Review online: January 19, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 1.33/5 (26.67%) (3 Votes)

Star of Ash is the solo project of Heidi S. Tveitan (also known as Ihriel from Peccatum) and although I am not a fan of the work Peccatum has done I was willing to give this promo the benefit of the doubt. This album also includes some guest work from members of Emperor and Ulver so I thought to myself it may be pretty good. Well I was wrong….well maybe I should say this certainly isn’t anything I would be interested in. Maybe if you can handle music done by bands such as Dead Can Dance or Craig Armstrong you might find this of some interest. I have to say however that this is simply a guess on my part since the press blurb that was included with the promo mentions both of these artists as something similar and I personally have never heard anything from either of them either. If this CD is any indication I really don’t think I am missing much either way…heh.

The music is pop oriented emo style that is really rather boring even in comparison to other emo style stuff that I have heard (although I haven’t heard a lot of this genre in any case). It has some interesting arrangements and a kind of a downer feel to it but it comes across more as something that was overdone…almost as if to much thought or work was done for this instead of going straight with a gut reaction. I am not sure how much time was spent on the writing for this but it feels as though it was done in a way that tries to make things absolutely perfect. I don’t know if anything I just wrote really makes any sense whatsoever since it is really hard to describe what I am talking about. To put it easier terms I didn’t care for this album at all and I am almost positive that most metal fans will feel the same.

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