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1. War Within
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This head-banging quintet from Massachusetts hail as today's metal Gods, with their coveted fourth album release, The War Within. Now you can get their fiery new CD release, featuring the singles, "What Drives the Weak" and "The Power of I and I." You will also receive a limited-edition DVD in an embossed double digipak featuring a video for "Stepping Outside the Circle" from The Art of Balance, two live videos, two guitar lessons and a drum lesson. In addition to the bonus DVD, you will get a third disc containing tracks from other like-minded Century Media Artists, plus the standard CD also features enhanced content (IM icons, screen savers, wallpapers and photos)!

The sound of Shadows Fall is reminiscent of early eighties metal, ala Ride the Lightning era Metallica going head-on with a blender, and the throat-ripping voice of Slayer's Tom Araya. Speaking of rock Gods, The War Within was produced by none other than Zuess (Hatebreed, Blood Has Been Shed and Sworn Enemy). Give Shadows Fall a listen and pound your fist to metal's new voice! ... Read more


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3. Oncoming Storm
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5-0 out of 5 stars I don't like just giving away 5 star reviews, but...
...this 5 star review is totally earned. The Metal/Hardcore/Metalcore category has always been somewhat of saturated genre, but now it's beginning to fuse and take form. The front runners are Bleeding Through, As I Lay Dying and obviously Unearth. I'll admit I downloaded the album... but I'm blown away enough to actually go out and buy it. The first song I heard from it was "This Lying World", it's not even my favorite track but I was still impressed. I decided to download the whole thing because I kept hearing the name Unearth more and more. And now that I have the full thing, it hasnt left my CD player since. The drum and guitar work is excellent... and I have no problem saying it dwarfs most bands around today. The moment you hear any of the songs from The Oncoming Storm you'll easily be able to see that Unearth is a very guitar driven band. Even the vocals arent like your generic metalcore singer's screaming and yelling. It actually grows on you. Absolutely no filler tracks, get this album.

Stand out tracks: Failure, This Lying World, Zombie Autopilot, Bloodlust of the Human Condition and Black Hearts Now Reign

5-0 out of 5 stars "The Oncoming Storm" Packs a Powerful Thunder
"Whoa." That was my reaction when I first heard Unearth's new CD, "The Oncoming Storm". Words cannot express just how amazing this CD is. Now, I had huge expectations for this album: I was expecting it to be the best CD to come out this year and to be completely perfect. Even with those expectations, I was still blown away when I heard it. Top to bottom, this album simply amazes me and is my pick for Album of the Year so far.

The first thing you will notice when you first pop this in is that Unearth has decided to favor more of the metal sound on this album and focus less on hardcore. However, they still have some of the most punishing breakdowns you will ever hear. There is a great Swedish metal influence on this record, especially on "Zombie Autopilot", which sounds a lot like In Flames.

The guitar work on this album is just absolutely mind-blowing, it gets very complex. This is their first CD with new drummer Mike Justain, and he provides drum fills galore throughout every song. One thing I love about Unearth is that they never take the easy way out. It would be very easy to just throw a record together and use the same formula and make it so that everyone can play their songs along with them. But, they use their talent to the fullest and play what sounds good rather than what is easy to play. Everything here has been given the time to be perfected, this is not some nu-metal record that was written in 20 minutes. Each song on this CD is different and special in its own way. A few ways that separate each song would be a catchy guitar part, a pummeling breakdown, or a guitar solo.

From the opening song, "The Great Dividers", to the closing song, "False Idols", this album is a miracle. It is so amazing, it will bring you to tears when it is over. But then again, you can always go back and listen to it again, which I strongly recommend you do. Everyone into the metal/hardcore scene better get "The Oncoming Storm". If you don't get it, you will regret it.

Standout Tracks: The Great Dividers, Failure, Bloodlust of the Human Condition, Predetermined Sky

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is as good as anyone could ever ask for Metal-core. Not only is it aggresive, but the band utilizes some truly great guitar riffs and melodies similar to those heard from the Gothenburg, Sweden melodic death metal bands like In Flames and At the Gates.

Great for head-banging and simply wonderful for driving music because the drums are so intense and the guitar-work so moving. The lyrics may not be anything exceptional, but awe-inspiring lyrics with remarkable profundity are never required for a good metal or metal-core album; for a good metal-core album one only needs catchy guitar hooks, driving drumming that pulls your head up and down with the beat of the double bass drum kicks, and vocals screaming for you to vent your emotions (anger mostly). This Massachusetts band possesses all of these requisites and still manages to make a unique sound about them, a sound heartfelt like a hard-core band, but still with enough of a raw edge to keep their metal standing in good order.

For fans of Bleeding Through, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Zao, Underoath, and the like, give this New England band - one of the best in its genre - the attention it deserves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow simply wow!
I was never a big fan of Unearth untill I heard this. The guitar work is simply amazing, songs like Zombie Autopilot are loaded with 80's metal harmonies that are haunting yet beautiful. As a guitar player I'm excited to see the guitar hero making a comeback and bringing technique back to metal.

2-0 out of 5 stars sucks
Justain from Red Chord is being wasted here. His talents are made for more original metal than this garbage. There's one or two good songs on this but its ruined by their need to include at least 10 breakdowns per song. ... Read more


4. Hate Crew Deathroll
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What is there to say about CHILDREN OF BODOM that hasn't been said yet? In the last six or so years, the band that darted to international fame with their debut, 1997's Something Wild, has gone from being "this amazing band from Finland" to a household name in the Int’l metal scene. Their home country of Finland has been a fantastic breeding ground for metal music for years now.

After recording Follow The Reaper at Peter Tägtgren's infamous Abyss Studio, the band decided to return to the loving arms of a long-time associate, Anssi "Viiksi" Kippo, and the bowels of Astia Studio. The result is nothing short of breathtaking! Not only has the band taken their songwriting to new levels of aggression and heaviness, but also the way the songs are presented literally pummels everything they have done into a pile of smoldering dust, making sure the path of destruction is complete. The time is now – JOIN THE HATE CREW!-1st new album in almost three years! Massive anticipation amongst the international metal community. -Fourth full-length from one of metal’s leading acts. -CHILRDEN OF BODOM has received platinum single and gold album awards in their native Finland. -Produced by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Hypocrisy, Marduk) at the famed Abyss Studios in Sweden. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Bodom CD after careful review
You may think im crazy for calling this the best Bodom Cd but i have listened to it many times and it has gradually become my favorite Bodom Cd. Needled 24/7 is an awesome track with a killer chorus. Bodom have given a new edge on this album and almost even become more Nu-Metal with the effects on his vocals. Sixpounder is awesome and has an excellent chorus. Chokehold is ok, not Bodom at their best but has a catchy chorus. Bodom Beach Terror is pretty good...awesome drum line and good chorus. Angels Dont Kill is by far the best song on the CD and has an unbelievable verse, chorus, and the guitar melody with keyboards is unbelievably melodic and a great touch with the bassline. Triple Corpse Hammerblow sounds like it belongs on Follow the Reaper...so u no its good. Your Better Off Dead has an excellent chorus with good backing vocals...the rest of the song is a little weak. Lil Blood Red Ridin Hood is definetly the weakest song on the cd. The chorus is ok along with the verse. The title track is amazing. Chorus is very catchy and the backing vocals make the song. Alexi takes a different approach with his vocals on the CD and growl/sings and its amazing. I forgot to mention every solo by Alexi is unbelievable and Bodom will make it big because of this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Undescribable Immortal Album
Children Of Bodom have become one of the leading band in the genre which is being defined as Melodic Death Metal in only 3 years after the release of their amazing album "Follow The Repear" in 2000.

After gaining International recognition and praise with "Follow The Repear", the band sacrifice themselves and managed to keep up their high standards by releasing yet another masterpiece. "Hate Crew Deathroll" is an album that parts from their earlier release showing us a more brutal side yet keeping the melodies and amazing guitar work.

Before I go ahead and review each song I must comment on their talent as musicians because few bands from Europe and hardly any from America can compare to them. I have been a fan ever since "Hatebreeder" (Their Second full length album) was released, so I am not a punk who just brought this release and have no clue what I'm talking about.

Needled 24/7 - Amazing opener. A song that reminds us of their earlier release. A powerful song with all the melody that Children Of Bodom is known for. One of my favourite riffs ever is present here after the second chorus. 10/10

Sixpounder - Children Of Bodom have never sounded louder. The brutality and rawness of this song is something we were not exposed to from their earlier releases. The riffs are plain, and directly stimulate your brain into doing something crazy. "WAR- I REFUSE TO BE BROUGHT DOWN BY YOU". 10/10

Chokehold (Cocked N' Loaded)- A song that took some time to finally dig in my soul and cause another addiction to this cd. Amazing chorus and of course guitar work. 8/10

Bodom Beach Terror - By this time the person who is listening to this for the first time would have already agreed that we are dealing with one of the world's most amazing bands. The addiction to this style of music will only get stronger from here on. Amazing Song. Powerful as hell. 9/10

Angels Don't Kill - One of my two favourite songs in this immortal album. A masterpiece of melodies, power, and musicianship. The rythm is slower than what we have heard so far on this release, yet it is probably the most powerful. Amazing. We can now upgrade their status, from world's best band to just simply Godly. - 10/10

Triple Corpse Hammerblow - The first song I heard from this album, and that was good enough to convince me that these guys were still on top. 8/10

You're Better Off Dead - This song was released as a single. Beautiful tune with what might be the catchiest chorus in this album. Beautiful riffs with a great deal of power. 9/10

Lil' Bloodred Ridin' Hood - My other favourite song. Probably the best song in this timeless release in my opinion. We have riffs that bring out power, riffs that bring out melody, and riffs that bring out madness in me when I hear it. It's excellence is otherwise undescribable to one who has not heard this band. 10/10

Hate Crew Deathroll - The title track might seem at first like a weaker song, yet for after subjecting yourself to it for a while I realised that we are talking about one of the stronger tracks here. I don't expect people to understand the brilliance of this song, but it is an amazing piece of music up there with my 2 favourite songs in this album. - 10/10

Silent Scream - The bonus track is a cover of one of the most known Slayer songs from their album "South Of Heaven". Children Of Bodom do a good job mixing their unmistakable sound to this song. However I do prefer all the other tracks to this. 7/10

This album is a masterpiece of epic proportions. I urge you all to buy it as soon as you can, or forever die.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I heard the song "Sixpounder" on Music Choice-Metal. The moment I heard it, I was hooked. Children of Bodom are one of the most amazing bands Finland has ever spawned. Vocalist/rhythm/lead guitarist Alexi Laiho has one of the best voices in melodic death metal, and packs a punch with co-guitarist Alexander Kuoppola (who recently left the band for unknown reasons.) Bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith, keyboard virtuoso Janne Warmen, and drummer Jaska W. Raatikainen keep the rhythm, and keep it well. If you like Alexi, he plays guitar in Sinergy. Also, Janne plays keyboards for his own solo project, Warmen, as well as Timo Kotipelto's solo project, Kotipelto. Let's break down the tunes.

1. "Needled 24/7" is a very powerful opening track. It features great work on all 5 parts. Killer riffing. Pretty cool video, caught it on Headbanger's Ball once or twice.
2. The last spoken line of "Needled 24/7" leads into the opening lines of "Sixpounder". The opening was very reminiscent of Chimaira, while the primary riff resembled that of Pantera's "A New Level." Video is currently playing on the Century Media records website (yep, they left Nuclear Blast.)
3. "Chokehold (Cocked and Loaded)" does not have a riff that reminds me of anything in particular, but features Alexi cutting one of my favorite guitar solos EVER!
4. "Bodom Beach Terror" has an intro that resembles "Witches Dance" by Mercyful Fate, while the primary riff reminds me of Napalm Death's "Breed to Breathe." Janne really pounds on that keyboard.
5. The dialogue at the end of "Bodom Beach Terror" leads into "Angels Don't Kill." First song on the album that is a bit slow, not really my favorite one. The keyboards are excellent though.
6. "Triple Corpse Hammerblow" brings back the intensity of the album. It also shows off what Janne can really do on that keyboard.
7. "You're Better Off Dead" is not a bad number at all, but it is probably my least favorite song on the album.
8. "Lil' Bloodred Riding Hood" has a drum intro track reminiscent of Judas Priest's "Painkiller," and is back up to the tempo that we heard for the first four tracks. Very cool.
9. "Hate Crew Deathroll" is an excellent title track and makes for a terrific closer. Interesting intro, was it a Celtic harp or Janne's keyboards? Anyway, it's a great finale.

So there you have it. This album is among my top 5 favorite heavy metal albums of 2003, and my favorite melodic death metal release of the year. If you enjoyed any of their 3 previous albums, Something Wild, Hatebreeder, or Follow the Reaper.

4-0 out of 5 stars Children of Bodom's Thrash Album
Hate Crew pretty much follows the same style seen on previous albums: awe inspiring guitar work, semi black metal vocals, blazing speed and rhythem keyboards are all in abundance here. The differences between this and previous efforts is that this is more thrash than melodic death and it is much more venomous than before. COB have always been unique in the melodic death realm for the fact that they always wrote about themes of hatred and vengenance rather than the poetic lyrics usually found in the genre. Hate Crew sees them taking this further than they ever have in the past with such songs as "sixpounder" and "You're Better off Dead". The music is also darker than in the past and follows a more thrashy groove than previous efforts. Which is where my one problem, and reason for not giving this a 5, is. The keyboards don't fit their new darker sound as well. Many times they'll go into an evil sounding part only to have the keyboards come in and make the whole thing sound hilarious and cheesy. If they continue with the more evil sounding stuff it would definitly be a good idea to not rely on the keyboards so much in the future. I recommend In Flames, Death, Lord Belial, Kalmah, Norther, Leviathan, Emperor and Susperia in addition to this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Latest & Greatest, so far...
Hello Metal Heads! When starting an album, you can either fade in/build up to something, or come in full force with a blast beat. As did, Children Of Bodom.

The first song, Needled 24/7 sets the mood for the album. Which is heavy, fast, and loud. If you like heavy metal with great guitar work, fast double bass drumming, screaming with a little keyboards... this is your album.

My favorites off this album are, Sixpounder and Bodom Beach Terror. Both songs have great riffs with great solos.

The rest of the album is great. The songs kind of sound the same, but still hold their own.

This album is a must for any TRUE metal fan.

If you like Children Of Bodom, check out... Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, Hypocrisy, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Evergrey, Into Eternity, Nevermore, Avenged Sevenfold, As I lay Dying, Hatebreed, and Slayer!

For those who like Guitar driven rock/metal and/or Progrssive Metal, check out... DREAM THEATER, Liquid Tension Experiment, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ynwgie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, and John Petrucci(guitarist from DT's solo project). ... Read more


5. Nymphetamine [2 Disc Special Edition]
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5-0 out of 5 stars it's good.... when looking at the grand scheme of filth
Alright, yes this CD is VERY much not COF and what we're used to. The drums are a bit slower and the guitars are not quite what they used to be. But, look at how their last albums went along. Dusk was quick and heavy, cruelty was creepier and darker with episodic songs, and midian was more upfront and vocal driven while bittersuite continued that tradition. All their cds are different than the last, this one just didn't hold up to the real fan's standards our standards. All in all, this is worth a listen to if you are a long term fan and if you're just getting into the filth lineup, i'd say start with vempire or dusk and work your way up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good to own
Great to own if you like CoF,even if you already own a copy of Nymphetamine,but lets get one thing straight Nymphetamine(Sara Jezebel Diva version) is AWFUL Liv Kristine version is far superior in every way. Ive noticed some people bash this album yet they still listen to it,wonder why..In my opinion this album is just as good as any other Cradle album.. the Extra tracks on this make it worth buying

5-0 out of 5 stars Still great despite being more accessible to newcomers
Despite lots of naysayers bashing this album for being too mainstream, this is actually an amazing cd. Sure it does sound a bit more mainstream but the songs are still great and the extra disk contains some nice bonus material as well. If you've been a fan for a while and are willing to accept this release as a "lighter" one, then you should enjoy this. If your new to COF then this is a great place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Old Filth
Yes that's right i said old filth because it sounds like their original sound. Unlike all u new bandwagon fans who are in middleschool/highschool. YOU GET YOUR HARDCORE FANS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE SINCE THE BEGINNING WHO LOVE CRADLE OF FILTH FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS NOW AND WILL CONTINUE ANOTHER 10 YEARS! [CRADLE OF FILTH]and they live up to the legend of mr.crowley ...... bandwagoners.......

5-0 out of 5 stars The Cradle rocks again!
Cradle of Filth is in a league all their own. They continue to prove that in this CD. This is a great Cd to listen to. Most metal bands i get bored with or they give me a headache about half way through it. I like the theatrical style COF presents their music in. To listen to them is like your listening to afairy tale of horror. To me they dont need lyrics to be good. I dont listen to them for the lyrical content. I just like the music. Most of you may think i'm crazy with this review but this is just my opinion nothing more besides i dont care what anybody thinks anyway. If you have never heard this band try them out and see what you think. ... Read more


6. Catch Thirty-Three
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On their thirteenth release, Meshuggah got a little experimental.Not that the band hasn't always pushed the boundaries of their metal (likely one of the reasons they were picked to open for Tool on tour), but this album is more than the usual departure. For this, they have come up with an extremely rewarding album. Unlike like the full-throttle assault ofLamb of God and Shadows Fall, and more in line with bands such as Isis and Mastodon, Catch Thirty-Three contains fewer rapid-fire time changes and lets tone take over. It is an experiment in sustained riffs, rhythms, and progressions, making the hypnotic feel come across as conceptual.Some tracks are crafted to blend seamlessly with one another and others are nothing more than a simple, repetitive chords.Make no mistake; this is still one of the more brutal albums you will hear all year--the vocals are death-defying and the onslaught is pummeling. Just that this album uses repetition and silence in a way previous albums haven't.This is extreme trance music and likely one of the best metal albums of 2005. --Robert Arambel ... Read more


7. New American Gospel
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5-0 out of 5 stars 100% Pure Against The Grain American Metal (thanks Pantera)
That title says it all. Lamb of God are a self-proclaimed crusade to preserve true metal virtues. They do not disappoint on ANY front, with very heavy guitars and bass highlighting most tracks, a growling vocalist who accompanies everything perfectly, and rampaging, rapid-heartbeat double bass drums leading the charge. The first track, "Black Label", is a good summary of the sound of Lamb of God, and it is also the best track on the CD. The next 9 tracks don't relent, with the CD being consistently brutal throughout, which will please most divisions of metalheads. It is very rare for a band in modern times to be as talented and original as Lamb of God, and there is no reason that metalheads shouldn't have this CD. Revolver magazine ranked this album at #29 on the list of the "69 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time." That spot was hard earned and well deserved, and that should show you how good this album really is. If you like metal music, buy this NOW if you don't have it. This thing is, like I mentioned earlier, REAL metal. It's the kind of scary, sick stuff that will have you banging your head and raising your devil-horn salute before you even know the band. Just get it. Lamb of God does NOT disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best metal album in recent times
Take a band that is equal parts Pantera and Meshuggah, mix it with a ton of creativity and angst, and you get the best metal album Ive heard in a long time. A fine blend of thrash, grindcore, death metal and hardcore, Lamb of God pummel you senseless with New American Gospel. Finely produced by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day fame (who also produced Converge's 1997 album When Forever Comes Crashing), the disc sounds menacing from the opening drums on Black Label. It builds itself up more and more into a psychotic beast of a record, layering its complex drumming and riffing on top of some of the sickest vocals ever(imagine an angrier Phil Anselmo). The lyrics are equally good, at times disturbing and very fitting with the angry edge of the album. Favorite tracks would be Black Label, which shows the band at their most complex; A Warning, with its heavy grindcore influence; The Black Dahlia, just for Randy's insane vocal stylings, and finally, Terror In The House.., just because you get to hear Austin and Randy at the same time, which is some twisted sounding stuff. For fans of the extreme side of metal, you do not want to miss this album. Keep an eye on this band-they promise to outdo themselves on their next outing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best metalcore CD ever made!!!!
I listen to ALOT of metal, but this CD is by far the best I own. As The Palaces Burn is excellent, but this bypasses it no question. Randy Blythe has the most sick and crazy vocals ever for a metal band. I just can't believe how amazing this Cd and this band is. Every song is absolutely amazing from beginning to end. There's plently of rythem shifts and the drumming is amazing. The song structures are very complex. No riffs that repeat over and over. The best songs are Black Label, Letter to the Unborn , In the Absence of the Sacred, and Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion. This Cd is a MUST HAVE if you love metal and heavy music.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest metal albums ever
I just want to start this review off by saying that Lamb of God is breath of fresh air in today's stale ass music scene. They are like the new mellenium Pantera only smarter and more agressive in the music they create. From the moment that the album begins it grips you with the true anger that these guys project through the music. All of the band is awesome with their individual instruments, but to me the drumming on this cd stands out more than anything else. Chris Adler is beating his way to being a legend. The lyrics are also amazing the first time you hear LOG you can't understand alot of the vocals but just read along with the lyrics and you will see how great the lyrics are. The whole album kicks ass but my favorite tracks would have to be "Terror and Hubris in the House of Frank Polard", "The Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion", and "Confessional". This cd is rapidly becoming my favorite metal album ever. Also check out their new album As The Palaces Burn, which many hail as being better than New American.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
My teacher recently bought this album (as a joke I think). I listened to it and it sucks. I'm sure that this band has talent, but they're not showing much of it on the album. Why is it so hardcore when a guitarist plays a single chord over and over and the lead singer sounds like he's puking into the microphone? The drumming is good, but otherwise, this album is just annoying noise. For real heavy metal, look no further than Black Sabbith or Zeppelin. At least you can hear what Ozzy and Robert Plant are saying! ... Read more


8. Jester Race: Black Ash Inheritance
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Remastered reissue of their 1995 album along with bonus'Black Ash Inheritance' EP. Bonus tracks, 'Goliathas Disarm Their Davids', 'Gyroscope', 'Acoustic Medley' & 'BehindSpace'(Live). Digipak. Nuclear Blast America. 2002. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars In Flames I reside
One of their earlier albums, The Jester Race/Black-Ash Inheritance (a combination of a full-length album and an EP) remains my favorite in my now-complete In Flames collection. From the acoustic beginnings of the stunning song "Moonshield" (in my opinion, In Flames' best song to date), the five Swedes deliver an undeniably damn-near flawless performance with this one. It keeps one's attention through a balanced mix of heavy melodic "death" metal (I really hate calling it that, because death metal is such a bland, boring, and unimaginative subgenre in general) and mellow acoustic tunes, in a vein similar to fellow Swedish metal masters Opeth. But where Opeth makes long, epic songs with many tempo changes, In Flames' songs are typically average length with more predictable switches from the heaviness to the softer parts. The Gothenborg sound, originated by the band, may be a little difficult to get into, as it is somewhat of a primitive sound (deliberately, enhancing the atmosphere created by the music). In contrast to Opeth, In Flames concentrates more on heavy parts, whereas with Opeth, you often get a nearly equal balance of heavy & acoustic. Both schemes work well, and it's hard to decide which scenario is more appealing. Lyrically, In Flames is one of the more introspective bands, not focusing on satanism or killing religious people or any of that overdone and cliche [stuff]. Their lyrics make you think, and most people can relate to them. It's almost like a narration of life, albeit with somewhat of a dark twist thrown in at points.

So now, my faithful review-reader, I invite thee... open thy mind and check out In Flames today! If you're not a complete bonehead, you'll probably like what you hear (of course, if you don't like it, that doesn't necessarily make you a complete bonehead by default...).

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning
I'll dish out the standard. I am not a fan of death metal. I'm just not. I respect it as an art form, and a few bands have actually been able to take jarring, angular, noise and make it listenable(like Fear Factory or Cryptopsy). However, for the most part, death metal=yuck. Me+death metal=no. For the longest while, up until about last summer, I'd been hearing how great death metal was and how horrible nu-metal was and that people should check out bands like In Flames. Great, I said. Sure.

I listened to some samples of their music after curiosity pushed me to. I expected a wall of distorted sound coupled with blastbeats and Liquid Drano vocals to top it off. Instead, I got 30 seconds of perfection from the 3-minute masterpiece, "The Hive," courtesy of In Flames.

I am now a new man, exposed to melodic death metal and liking it for its amazing mix of folk music, acoustic guitar, occasional clean vocals, quality subject matter, melodic guitar, and awesome musicianship. In Flames' Jester Race is a perfect example, the very poster for what melodic death metal is.

The album kicks off with a Medieval-sounding acoustic jangle leading into "Moonshield," the opener. Other than a sweet, laid-back, solo, the song is pretty lackluster. Following it is the amazing instrumental, "The Jester's Dance," which has an addictive melody, and makes up for the previous song. Midtempo piledriver "Artifacts Of The Black Rain" comes next, and after hearing it, one will know why it is a highlight of the album. "Graveland" and "Lord Hypnos" are more average pieces, the latter being the better of the two simply for greater length and better executed guitar lines and acoustic-laden softer parts to serve as a dichotomy. "Dead Eternity" is my favorite song, for its blazing opening melody and amazing speed, hitting that of 80's thrash bands. The riff that comes in around 1:55 is worth the price of the whole album, and the solo is perfect. The title track is good for the first minute, while acoustic guitars provide a calm as a raging thrash riff builds in the background. However, the song soon becomes lackluster as well. "December Flower" is again amazing for its speed and has some more wonderful melodies. "Wayfaerer" is almost as good an instrumental as "The Jester's Dance," and has some keyboard effects, which greatly enhance the song, giving it an 80's feel. "Dead God In Me" is, sadly, also rather boring, but at least it has the speed to make up some.

The bonus tracks from the Black-Ash-Ineritance EP: "Goliaths Disarm Their Davids" is awesome. Similar riffs to "The Jester Race," but the chorus guitar line is far superior. "Gyroscope" is a classic song off Whoracle, "Behind Space" is a shoddy live recording of a classic song off Lunar Strain/Subterranean. The quality is bad, and the acoustic intro is missing. "Acoustic Medley" is just that--a medley of some of the main riffs from a hodgepodge of In Flames songs, done acoustically.

Special note goes out to the rhythm section, which is amazing in how tight it is. The lead guitarist, Jesper, is not the best guitarist in the world, and is nothing compared to Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, or John Petrucci, but he writes better melodies and riffs than all of them put together, and gives each song its life and personality. The throat-man, Anders, also deserves recognition, simply because he doesn't try to emulate Cannibal Corpse, and takes on a Grover-esque growl rather than a Cookie Monster.

All in all, a great album. I am now convinced that melodic death is a welcome addition to my listening tastes, and the future of metal. I can feel it. For something heavier, and more interesting, with less fluid melodies, but a better singer and more epic songwriting, listen to Opeth. Soilwork and Killswitch Engage are also good bets if you like this CD. A classic for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow...better than their new stuff...
The first two albums I owned by In Flames were STYE and RTR. I enjoyed both of them greatly. But I read many reviews from long-time fans who did not seem to appreciate the change of styles. So I went out and got Jester Race because I wanted to hear some of their old stuff. I now have all their CD's and can see where the depressed fans are coming from. Don't get me wrong, I still love Soundtrack and Reroute, but they are certainly more mainstream and less stellar than their earlier works. Jester, Whoracle, and Clayman are simply AMAZING. If you have only heard their newer stuff, you are missing out. If you are a fan of Reroute and Soundtrack, but don't like the older stuff, then you are obviously just a pathetic MTV watching pansy. If epic, melody-driven metal is what you like, GET OLD IN FLAMES!!!! Oh, and Moonshield is one of the best songs EVER by the way.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Undisputed Gods Of Melodic Death Metal
This is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, albums ever in melodic death metal, or any genre. In Flames will never create an epic such as this again, but no more are needed, this album is just perfect.

Moonshield (10/10) - This killer kicks off the album to an amazing start. It is a great song and is undeniably catchy.

The Jester's Dance (10/10) - This is a perfect instrumental. In Flames are the kings of instrumental tracks, and this is their greatest, even better than the incredible Dialogue With The Stars.

Artifacts Of The Black Rain (10/10) - This is one of the greatest In Flames songs. It is flawless with amazing instrumentation. The lyrics are beautiful and amazingly poetic.

Graveland (10/10) is brutal and charges at you full force. This song is perhaps the heaviest of any song on this album (not including Black Ash-Inheritance). This song sends a message of peace, saying, "Each day of war is a failure for man".

Lord Hypnos (10/10) - This is a song that you can't get tired of. "Lord Hypnos" contains one of my favorite riffs. It eventually lightens up and has some of Jesper's amazing acoustic playing. The song returns to the way it was originally and ends.

Dead Eternity (10/10) - This is an amazing song. It is dynamic because it goes from being extremely heavy to being slow and dark. The way the instruments blend together with each other and Anders's singing is perfect. The solo in this song rocks.

The Jester Race (10/10) - The best song on the album. It is amazing and is beyond description. This song alone is worth all the money. This song proves that you can't beat In Flames, it just isn't possible. The solo in this song is just incredibly perfect, it is a shame that In Flames will never release a classic like this again.

December Flower (10/10) - This is a great song. Amazing solos in this song. The drummng is great in this song, proving that Bjorn should have stayed on drums.

Wayfaerer (10/10) - Great instrumental track. The keyboarding done by Kaspar Dahlqvist really adds a lot to this song. No matter how hard they try, no band will ever beat In Flames's instrumental tracks.

Dead God In Me (10/10) - This is a great song. Awesome riffage in this track.

Goliaths Disarm Their Davids (10/10) - This song can be described in one word, and that word is awesome. The riffs and solos in this song are perfect. This is one of the best In Flames songs ever.

Gyroscope (10/10) - This song has great melody and is beautiful while being amazingly heavy. It is featured on their Whoracle album as well as this.

Acoustic Medley - A great collection of parts of their songs played on acoustic guitar. One of the songs I recognized in this medly is "Artifacts Of The Black Rain".

Behind Space (Live) (10/10) - This song was on their Lunar Strain album and this live version of it is amazing. This is one of In Flames most brutal songs. The riffs and solos in this song rock. My only complaints are the fact that they took the acoustic part off of the end and Anders's voice sounds a bit shriekier than in the real version.

This album gets a 10/10 overall. It is flawless and is the defining moment of In Flames and the defining album of the Gothenburg style and all of Melodic Death Metal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Band and cd ever
This is true music all the rapers and prepies will say you are wrong but i mean common if you compare this to good charlette you have never even heard REAL music. this cd is in flames best cd and might be the best in the world. I have never heard anythnig so deep in emotion and Power. if you are a fan of any type of metal pick this up you will be headbangingly gratefull ... Read more


9. As the Palaces Burn
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5-0 out of 5 stars (Drooling like Homer Simpson)
Man, thank goodness for bands like Lamb Of God. Unlike the sorry, moaning likes of Staind and Nickelback, Lamb Of God prove that angst can actually be empowering (novel thought, huh?). Rather than wallowing in self-pity, this five-man wrecking crew channels their righteous indignation into stunningly heavy and intelligent metal that manages to be catchy and even uplifting at the same time. Although anger is unquestionably an important part of Lamb Of God's sound, "As The Palaces Burn" is far from a simple testosterone fest. Instead, the album combines unrelenting aggression with devastating precision and killer songwriting chops, making for one of the most superb metal listens released so far this decade. Lamb Of God can slow down and really drive the heaviness into you, or they can speed things up and blast you straight through a wall. No matter what though, the music is always gut-wrenchingly heavy, and played with an amazing level of skill. Willie Adler and Mark Morton are a brilliant guitar duo who do some really complex and interesting stuff, and they always have the volume cranked up to the max. Randy Blythe's vocals are basically just guttural, semi-intelligible growls typical of extreme metal, but they're sufficiently angry and hateful for the music being played. The rhythm section sounds really good too, but the drum production is pretty lousy, and the drums and bass are inevitably pushed to the background by the more attention-grabbing nature of the guitars and vocals. Oh well. Any production problems aside, "As The Palaces Burn" is easily one of the albums of the year for metalheads, maybe THE album of the year. The last Haunted album was pretty amazing, but I think this one may even have that beat. But whatever the case, if you like heavy music that mixes brains with brawn, you can't go wrong with Lamb Of God. Now to check out their first album!

5-0 out of 5 stars New Wave of American Heavy Metal
In my opinion, Lamb of God is probably the fastest rising band out of this whole New Wave of American Heavy Metal shxt. Man, these guys have toured non-stop, have had their videos played countless times on the Ball, and just recently, they signed to Epic. I see them being the headliners of the second stage of next year's Ozzfest. Well, anyways, here's my review of their album:

I was blown away when I first heard this album. Right now, it's a 4 way tie for best album of the year also including Mushroomhead, Chimaira, and Dimmu Borgir. The musicianship is incredible on this. Metal bands, take notes, cause this stuff is top notch. Like Chimaira, their sopomore effort has way better production (thanks to Mr. Devin Townsend). The album begins with a bang with "Ruin." Full on mosh music, until the bridge, where there's a ripping solo. Great stuff. The title track is probably the fastest one on here. Heavy riffs, lighting-fast drumming, and evil vocals, make this a fav.

I'm sure everyone by now has heard "11th Hour." Probably the catchiest tune on here. It reminds me Pantera, until the last minute of the song, where it goes full on speed. My fav. on here has to be "Blood Junkie." The music on here reminds me of Meshuggah. Every 10 sec. it has speed changed, and heavy ass breakdowns. Plus, Chris Adler goes nuts on the drums.

Anyways, for people who haven't given new school metal a chance, you will instantly respect Lamb of God. Scott Ian siad it best. It's like Reign in Blood all over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've seen these guys live...
probably close to 25 times now, maybe more, the first time being way back when they went as BTP and only had some splits out with Zed and Agents of Satan. (As you might surmise, their a retardedly impressive live act). They were an amazing band then and are considerably more impressive as time as only increased their talents. Some people might view their massive increase in popularity and signing to Epic of course as selling out but f&%k em, if any band deserves a shot at being considered a Black Sabbath, Slayer or Judas Priest of metal for this decade, Lamb of God is the band. Their new track I've heard on MP3 and seen live (Laid to Rest) is just as brutally heavy as anything they've done, I see no respite in their aggressive ways simply because of a new label. LOG will continue to deliver crushing metal as they have promised, I don't see this band churning out a black metal anytime soon.

This might be considered the album that really gave the metal community the collective kick in the rear it needed to recoqnize this band as being a contender for one of the best metal bands ever. The riffs fly by fast and heavy and display a rare mix of agressivness and catchiness which many metal bands I'm sure would give their left nut to be able to write. Compared to New American Gospel the songs are more involved and therefore not quite as immediate. NAG was just an instant kick boot to the face with it's vicious attack. ATPB will take a listen or two to fully appreciate (this isn't like Gorguts though with Obscura, only a few listens, not 200) but once you do you'll realize this is every bit as menacing and violent as NAG ever was. There isn't a track on this album I'd label as average, while some are better then others (Ruin, Blood Junkie and Vigil being highlights), every track is a metal masterpiece. Delay no longer if you don't own this album, buy it, gather your buddies, open some beers and headbang till it f&%king hurts

5-0 out of 5 stars Like a Sledgehammer to the Head
After what I thought was the demise of good metal in the '90's, along comes Lamb of God with this album. This is some of the hardest, rawest stuff I have ever heard. Blythe's growling, angry vocals are also amazing, and unlike on their debut (New American Gospel), his voice adds to the heaviness.

It's not all just the music, either. The lyrics on this CD stand out as cynical, rage-inspired, downright beautiful pieces of poetry. These guys have a talent for turning old cliches into irony; there are phrases on the CD you wouldn't expect to hear in metal. Listen to my personal favorite, "Boot Scraper", to see what I mean.

If you like pure brutality and grindcore, this CD is probably not for you. It's melodic and heavy without being over-the-top, which is what I like about it. All in all, I have to say this is one of the best metal albums I've ever heard. I'd rank it right up there with Carcass's Heartwork or Megadeth's Rust in Peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blood metal in my words, sic sic stuff my friend.
LoG's new album ATPGB is a very intense, rageful, evil album. An improvement over NAG because Randall doesn't sound so high pitch, you can understand it all too, it gets you a better feeling and rage to the music when you know the message, and your subconsciense isn't just pickin' it all up. The best guitar lines I've heard in a long time, some crazy stuff, no one can match Randall's throating, a true piece of filth he is, and you've gotta love em for it. Buy this album, you won't be dissapointed. ... Read more


10. Oceanic
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5-0 out of 5 stars Oceanic Evolution.
Unlike any older Isis releases, "Oceanic" is not ultra-heavy but now it is elevated to incredible intricate sonic architecture that relies on extreme progression, dynamics, and rich texture. The songs flow in and out of heavy and clean parts, like waves of the ocean, seamlessly with incredible melody. The songs really keep on changing, never leaving a boring feeling or any repetitiveness (except for the "intermission" songs.)

The drumming throughout the entire album is really impressive. Well actually, the drumming itself isn't really technical or fast, but it is so fitting and blends in so perfectly with the music. The clean guitars add rich melody and atmospehre.

The vocals are deep, harsh screams, but not too fast or aggressive. They aren't really the best but they certainly fit the type of music. There are a little bit of semi-clean vocals also. They are really used more for rhythm than melody. Large parts of songs are instrumental anyways.

"Carry" is a very interesting song. It is progressive in a different way, providing an incredible musical buildup. It starts out with almost nothing and keeps adding melodies along the way, eventually leading to the vocal, heavier part of the song, which doesn't stop evolving and growing.

After the first four songs, you have a little intermission full of sound effects, and then two very different songs:
"Maritime," a short, simple melody that truly has an "Oceanic" feel, makes me fell like i am exploring the underwater world on a tropical island.

"Weight" is probably the most inventive song on the album, maybe even my favorite song on it. This song is a bit monotonous on first few listens. (I can really see Mogwai comparisons for this) and relies on the same theme throughout the song, adding and changing some things along the way. It is very minimal, but also complex in a way that is hard to describe. It starts out with a soft, underwater sounding melody and eventually leads up to an amazing finish with female vocals. It provides visuals for the imagination: I think of a scuba-diver getting sucked into an undertow and getting gradually pulled towards the bottom of the ocean because of unavoidable water pressure rapidly getting heavier, eventually leading to his death. Whatever you imagine, this song defanately has a extremely stressful, helplessness, and fearful feeling, but in a very good way.

This is one of the CDs in my collection that just took a really long time to fully appreciate, so if you happen to be really interested and then when you finally hear it you're dissapointed, give it a lot of time. Isis is beginning to evolve into a truly unique band and hopefully they will continue to do so.

5-0 out of 5 stars Objectively a classic.
This album instantly wins the distinction of being in the top 1% of my collection. It's a classic. There are nine songs, all but two of which are between seven and eleven minutes long. The songs build and fall, ebb and flow, much like, well, an ocean (and with the nautical titles, I think we have a theme on our hands...). For those that didn't know them before, ISIS was an extremely heavy band, somewhat similar to Godflesh and Neurosis, and now comparisons to Godspeed You Black Emperor wouldn't be too far off. ISIS' heavy edge has been somewhat tempered on Oceanic, but it's all for the best. They've finally come into a territory that belongs solely to them.

It's unique and beautiful. Though this is heavy music, it transcends any categorization of "metal" or "hardcore." There is melody soaking through this album, and it's not trite and repeated like standard pop melody; rather, it is unique and fascinating. This record achieves the ideal of being beautiful and heavy at the same time, and this isn't just hyperbole. The songs and album are never boring or repetetive despite their lengths; they rise from quiet and atmospheric introductions and build to torrential pounding rhythms, and subside again as they came. The guest vocals of Maria and Ayl (from another great Boston band, 27) are a stellar inclusion, and really round out some already amazing songs. The album is an odyssey; I can't stop listening to it.

Even if I weren't a fan before this, this album would instantly convert me. I give it a 13 out of 15 on the Gnosis2000 scale: a classic, one of the best albums ever made. I recommend it to everyone, whether a heavy music fan or not. Give it a chance, and you'll love it.

4-0 out of 5 stars 2nd dose....
This is my second dose by Isis, the first being "the mosquito control EP". I describe their music as "Chaotic metal infused with screaming and dreamy mellow interludes". I had heard that this band had the hardest guitars possible on a record. Nope, try "Norma Jean" for that! This band has to grow on you as the singer doesnt sing or growl but yells at the top of his lungs. Not award winning yelling either. What shines is the music itself. Long interludes of dreamy rock. Think if Pink floyd went indie today. It sometimes goes from mellow to loud banging guitars and screaming to low background singing. It's unique and interesting. Not alot out there like it. My first band I'd heard that sounded a bit like Isis was Warlord's: Rock the Foe Hammer. This is a unique recording. Check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Eeeeeeeeexcellent...
"Oceanic" wasn't an especially easy album for me to review, and it might not be an easy album to listen to at first either. The songs on it are extremely lengthy, typically pushing the ten-minute mark. Vocalist Aaron Turner's harsh, almost feral howls are virtually indecipherable, and they can easily sound awkward and out of place for at least a couple of listens. And if you're looking for traditional verse-chorus song structures, forget it. In their place are a series of meandering, unpredictable tracks that rarely seem to go anywhere. It's very easy to write this album off as boring, pretentious, or any of the other labels that are often applied to music with such blatant progressive tendencies.

However, after awhile all of that comes to mean less and less. At bottom, "Oceanic" is one long mood piece divided into nine parts, generally taking metal and hardcore as a starting point but exploring a much larger range of musical and emotional territory. While this album is often brutal in its heaviness, it's a different kind of heaviness, relying more on atmosphere and dynamics than most of ilk for a truly comprehensive listening experience. Rampaging metal shares space with quieter, more contemplative moments, all integrated into a whole to form some truly epic and complex songs. Isis aren't the only metal band to mix aggression and calm, as Opeth have been doing it for years, but Isis are able to accomplish the trick even more seamlessly than those Swedish maestros. Sometimes the guitars slice and dice like buzzsaws in traditional metal fashion, but just as often they churn out sweeping, semi-melodic riffage or subtle tonalities that are more ambient than percussive in their effect. And these guys think nothing of embarking on a three- or four-minute instrumental interlude.

The album's best song, "False Light," provides a convincing demonstration of just what this band can do. It starts out as a hard-driving metal tune that's highly reminiscent of the mighty Neurosis, filled with intricate riff structures, vicious screams, and drumbeats that resemble nothing more than a herd of elephants. Then it effortlessly segues into a mellow instrumental passage, driven by gentle guitar tones and a loping bassline, lulling you into a false sense of security just in time to turn the heaviness back on with a vengeance for its punishing conclusion. On the similarly excellent "Beginning of the End," "Other," and "Hym," scenes of intense sonic violence and more subdued moments build and recede into each other, creating a dynamic effect that has rightly gotten Isis compared to post-rock greats like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Another brilliant study in contrasts, "Carry" might sound for a few minutes like it's going to be a nice instrumental break until Aaron's vicious howl and some volcanic riffage bursts out of nowhere until about halfway through. Not to worry though, the next two tracks really do provide a nice instrumental breaks, providing the kind of soothing soundscapes that befit the album's aquatic theme. The hypnotic, repetition-oriented "Weight" throws a major curveball, replacing Aaron's throaty stylings with snatches of haunting, ethereal female vocals that blend perfectly with the fragile intensity of the music.

Well, I think I've typed enough by now, but you probably get the point. If you're into creative heavy bands like Candiria, Meshuggah, and the above-mentioned Opeth and Neurosis, you should check this album out. Period.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great album ruined by incoherent bellowing
There's no doubt the music on this record is awesome, but everytime the singer opens his yap is a tragedy. The monotone, inarticulate bellowing ruins what are otherwise moving passages. The vocals are best when used as ambient background effects to accompany the music. This could have been a totally instrumental release in my opinion, and I would've given it four stars. I'm so sick of bands with "singers" that do nothing but bellow. Yep, you're pretty angry dude. YAWN! ... Read more


11. Follow the Reaper
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5-0 out of 5 stars best bodom cd yet
Death be not brave though some have called thee mighty and dreadful though art so. With these words Follow the Reaper explodes into the opening track. This cd is the best so far. With new vocals, heavy guitar riffs, and fast drum beats this cd stands out. You can listen from 1-9 without stopping. The songs keep getting better.
1. Follow the Reaper- 10/10 Great opener with very fast keyboards riffs and drum beats.
2. Bodom after Midnight 10/10 Great song with a cool hook.
3. Children of Decadence-10/10 Great opening riffs and great although repeated vocals. Longest song on the record.
4. Everytime I Die-10/10 Long intro into a nice slow paced song. Another good song.
5. Mask of Sanity-11/10 1st best song on this album with an awesome bridge.
6. Taste of my Scythe-10/10 Sweet intro into another good song.
7. Hate me!-12/10 Best song on the cd great ryhthm great vocals and an insane bridge. A headbanger's dream.
8. Southern Comfort-9/10 a good song (not great) but still worth listening to.
9. Kiss the Shadows-10/10 A fast paced song with a great melody.
10. Hellion- -2/10 This song is horrible. It is a bonus track that is a cover version of a song from some other band. It portrays the lack of talent of that band and COB does its best to make it better but ultimatley fails to do so. Avoid This Song!!

Final verdict is a 10/10 or a 5/5 whatever still the best Bodom cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars real classic death metal
this album is moledic and sinister.the cd is one of the best death metal albums i have ever heard and the guitar on the album is awsome.the group has a keyboardist which adds something special to the group not like most bands that have too many members who dont add any thing that great.i would say the lyrics are really evil but inlighting and very well writtin'.children of bodom have two other albums which are not as good but worth buying.the way i would classify follow the reaper would be classical music mixed with death metal quit refreshing not to see rap mixed a new cd, theres nothing wrong with it but its been way over done.it good to see a new idea that takes a lot of talent to pull off,like the classical style with a death metal intensity and something both genres will like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Death be not proud
A great album from a great band. The guitar work is phenomenal. Every aspect of this album is superb and of course Alexi's voice is the best out there. This album ranks as high as Dark Tranquility's "Damage Done". Get this album, NOW.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars all the way!
This is really one incredible band oozing with tons of talent. Every song is worth listening too and I can always go back and listen to it. The songs structures are great as are the vocals and the amazing guitar and keyboard solos. Definitely be sure to grab this one for any metal fan!

5-0 out of 5 stars First Children of Bodom CD I heard. And it ruled!
If In Flames got knocked up by Dimmu Borgir and somehow produced offspring, its name would be Children of Bodom. They consider themselves Black metal, but I consider it more on the "Melodic Death Metal" If that's what you want to call it. My favorite tracks are the Title track, Every time I Die, and the cooky Ozzy cover. You might think different, but great minds think for themselves. I gave this 5 stars for obvious reasons. If you're a true metalhead, you'll give this a listen! ... Read more


12. Hatebreeder
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5-0 out of 5 stars Children of Maiden
Children of Bodom's sophomore effort shows how much they have matured since their first release. With "Hatebreeder", CoB have accomplished the perfect sound for their band, that is both appealing to fans of neoclassical and death metal, and that is very original.

"Hatebreeder" is an album that shows how much potential Children of Bodom have. Showing obvious influences by such classic heavy metal bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Children of Bodom introduce their own way of playing the classical leads in the new century. Their combination of speed/neoclassical metal with death metal sounds great, and with the vocals very fitting for the type of music, this record is a one of a kind.

The musicianship of the band's members is better than most of the so-called "pros". When hearing the solos on this album, it's hard to believe that the person delivering those amazing solos and riffs is also the band's vocalist. The song and music writing is nothing short of great. Metallica would kill to be able to write the intense riffs accompanied by the most wonderful solos since Iron Maiden.

All in all, "Hatebreeder" is a must-have album for the fans of melodic death metal (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, etc). But every metal fan should enjoy this record, and recognize the mighty force that Children of Bodom will become in the near future.

5-0 out of 5 stars [...]
HATEBREEDER is a classic cd. This is a release any real metalfan should like. Cant disagree with that so far. But here wego. Black Metal? NOPE. Death Metal? NOPE. Power Metal NOPE . Well, sort of. So what is it? Well, its ... CHILDREN OF BODOM< AND WE COME FROM FINLAND. OK, well that isnt going to hlep you much either. You cant lable this band's genius musicianship on this cd. it draws elements from all genres of metal, as well as classcial, rock, and ambient. The keybaords step up a notch from the previous album (something Wild) , as do Laiho's soloing skills ( also in Sinergy, Thy Serpent, and Impaled Nazarene) Hmmm some more disagreements, the double bass drumming... it is nothing special here. Kind of innovative to the style, but not performed supremely fast or clean. The bass guitar work is largely wall of sound, but is prodcued well enough to come out audible, which is good on the faster tracks. Anyways, ... reardless of not knowing that much about how to classify it, I will admit, at least they like it, as anyone should. This music is metal that can transcend genre, labeling, and even tastes. Along with Opeth, this is a premier band to watch in the future.

4-0 out of 5 stars better than fallow the reaper
if, Every Time I Die -- was enlisted on the play list, this would be abit better. This album is more mature, and not as drowning as the album before it. I just got into this band, and I recommend this album before any other. This album has a more solid arua to it. This band is like, a guns&roses and cradle of filth feel to it [if you will] at times compliments the two, but does tend to clash. Just picture Axel Rose, in a death metal band. Great gutairs!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This album shows that Children of Bodom can play, and play well. It is a must have for melodic death metal fans. The quality is perfect and the instrumentation is simply amazing. Alexi's voice is perhaps the best in melodic death metal and is easy to recognize. This album contains perhaps the greatest Children of Bodom song, Hatebreeder. If you do not have this album, I pity you. Go out and get it now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a great album. It proves that Children of Bodom can play their instruments and play them well. One of the best things about this is Alexi's voice. He has a distinct voice and it is amazing. This album contains one of the best Children of Bodom tracks ever, Hatebreeder. It is a must have for fans of bands such as In Flames and Dark Tranquility. ... Read more


13. Whoracle
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A master of progressive death metal or the 'Gothenbergsound' practiced by many a Swedish band, In Flames delivers one of its best efforts with 1997's Whoracle. 11 tracks.Nuclear Blast. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Gem
When Whoracle was released back in 1997, it was somewhat of a departure from 1995's The Jester Race. The celtic, middle Eastern influences on JR were reduced to a handful while the sound itself was a bit more streamlined and stripped down. Fortunately, In Flames hadn't (and IMO still hasn't) lost their edge with the album, and it IMO stands as one of their best releases overall.

Whoracle opens with the killer Jotun, with its incredibly powerful verses and rocking set of riffs (not to mention excellent use of tempo changes). Afterwards, we are treated to other melodic metal masterpieces such as the somewhat ballady Gyroscope, rocking instrumental Dialogue With The Stars, and epic Jester Script Transfigured (not to mention a somewhat disturbing title track). Even the famed Depeche Mode Cover (Everything Counts) is excellent thanks to a nice little beat and somewhat "piratey" chorus.

In Brief, Whoracle is not only one of In Flames' best albums, but also one of the most unfairly overlooked metal albums of the 90s. If you haven't picked it up already, you owe it to yourself to do so. You won't regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must have- but it can wait
This was the first In flames disc I've purchased and upon first listen I wasn't too impressed. I felt the guitars too "noisy" and vocals too unoriginal. Anders Friden's screeching melodic yells and scratchy vocals to me sounded like a million other wannabe metal bands out there (not that In flames are wannabe's.) After a couple more listens I discovered what was beneath all that; great talent, great metal. People label In Flames as melodic death metal. I wouldn't really call it death metal, more like just metal, the melody doesnt really come from the vocals though but more from the brilliant genious guitar work. In Flames can seriously create some of the greatest guitar harmonics found in music today, and this album is full of them. A friend of mine once said In Flames should just be an instrumental band. I have to agree, but on the other hand, Friden's voice does match the music well after you've adjusted to it's sound and I don't think it would be the same without him. Ive spun this cd a lot of times by now and though I didn't like all the tracks, the ones that I do like, I love. There are 10 full length songs on this record (track 11 is a short guitar chord progression instrumental that isn't that good and too short to be considered a real song) each running about 3-5 minutes in length, nothing progressive or epic, although hearing them do that I'm sure would be amazing. I would say out of this 10, 6 or 7 at most are worth hearing (track 6 is worth the purchase alone as it is one of the best metal songs I've ever heard). Usually I would take off a star for only about half the record being good but of those songs I like, they're enough to be put aside on a separate record that would be an easy 5 stars. I've since purchased Colony and am looking towards getting The Jester Race which recieved amazing reviews. If you want to get into In Flames, this is a good disc to start out with, though I don't know if it's the best seeing as how I don't have them all, but it got me into them. If at first you don't like what you hear, give it another shot.

5-0 out of 5 stars About that Rob guy...
Any real fan of In Flames knows they made their best music before R2R and Soundtrack came out. However I'm not saying I dont like like those the newer CDs because I do enjoy them. You cannot compare the new In Flames with the old because you'll be dissappointed. I just listen to it for what it is and they are good CDs in their own right, just not as good as all the pre-Clayman albums like Colony, Whoracle, Jester Race and Lunar Strain.
Whoracle is perfect in my opinion. The guitar riffs and harmonies are some of the best they've written and there are maybe only a couple other bands that can match the guitar lead ability of In Flames. Just listen to that opening lead on Jotun, can you honestly say any song on R2R or Soundtrack has any incredible leads like that?
R2R and Soundtrack are great metal albums but nothing beats classic In Flames, NOTHING!

5-0 out of 5 stars in flames
I am going to write overviews on the songs
1. jotun- a most excellent song, i like how he switches from talking to singing in a metal voice
2. food for the gods- i love this song also, absolutely flawless
3. gyroscope- this has got to be one of my favorite sogs on the cd, slow but good tempo, excellent in flames song
4. dialogue with the stars- there is no singing, but it is one hell of an orchestral song
5. the hive- i love the guitar solo in the middle os this song, very heavy, excellent song
6. jester script transfigured- too slow in my opinion, nonetheless still a very good song
7. morphing into primal- this song shows that in flames can indeed play death metal
8. worlds within the margins- my favorite song on the cd, i love ander's voice on this song
9. episode 666- one of the best melodic death metal songs i ever heard
10. everything counts- not a very good in flames song, you'll find it quite repetitive
11. whoracle- i absolutely love this song, another excellent orchestral song, it is very enchanting

well, there about sums up how good this cd is. until next time- mp and bb :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best album... EVER
This album is so amazing. Though In Flames became a nu-metal band recently (tragic), this album is my favorite album from any band, ever. Here is a list of the tracks and a review on each. I love Ander's vocals because they are metal vocals but his voice is high and it blends amazingly to create a unique, perfect voice. This is their last album with Glenn Ljungstrom and Johan Larsson. The band changed greatly after these members left, but this album shows the amazing things accomplished with them.

Jotun (10/10) - A great start to the album, this song is flawless and shows their amazing skill. His vocals in this song are perfect, starting with him talking to him doing his amazing metal voice.

Food For The Gods (10/10) - Flawless, no complaints about this song, the tempo of the song is perfect, it is slow but still amazing In Flames.

Gyroscope (10/10) - This song has amazing melody and is beautiful while being amazingly heavy. It is featured on their Black Ash-Inheritance MCD.

Dialogue With The Stars (10/10) - I could not ask for more from this song. It is one of In Flames's amazing instrumental songs. They have more instrumental songs then nearly any other band, but the songs are not boring at all like regular instrumental songs.

The Hive (10/10) - The second best song on the album is The Hive. It is flawless and the guitar solo in the middle is just amazing. The vocals of this song go from deep to Anders's trademark screech.

Jester Script Transfigured (9/10) - This is the lightest song on the album. The vocals in the beginning are rather boring and annoying, that is the only flaw to this song.

Morphing Into Primal (10/10) - This is a savage song. Aptly named, Morphing Into Primal. It shows their death metal roots displayed mainly in their albums Subterranean and Lunar Strain.

Worlds Within The Margin (10/10) - I love this song. It shows the extent of Anders's voice and some of the best playing by the members.

Episode 666 (11/10) - This is the best song on this album and the best In Flames song ever. It is flawless and has amazing riffs. This is the first In Flames song I ever heard, after this I was hooked. This song is the best melodic death metal song ever. It is perfection.

Everything Counts (8/10) - This song, though it is O.K. gets to be annoying. The playing is very good, though repetetive. The vocals are good, but monotonous. The chorus and pre-chorus is also extremely annoying. I nearly vomited when I heard him say "Everything counts, in large amounts". It is the only flaw on this album besides Whoracle.

Whoracle (8/10) - Not one of In Flames's amazing instrumentals. It carries on the exact same guitar and drum pattern throught the whole song. The backing vocals are quite annoying too.

Clad In Shadows (Bonus Track) (10/10) - This is a song from their Lunar Strain. It is amazingly heavy and cuts through you like a blade. It shows their roots because, well, it is their roots.

Over all, this album gets a 10/10. Despite some of the flawed songs, it still rocks hard. ... Read more


14. Fused Together in Revolving Doors
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15. Annihilation of the Wicked
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Annihilation of the Wicked marks the long-awaited return of one of extreme metal’s most revered bands and teems with the blasting extremity and epic arrangements that have become NILE trademarks. Swarming guitars unleash razor sharp hooks, relentless drum blasts push human limits of endurance, and vicious vocals deliver strike after strike in a more concise, precise and balanced attack than ever before. On tour this Summer with Chimara ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly heavy
If you dig ultra heavy stuff & aren't listening to Nile, what the hell are you waiting for?This is an awesome disc.Good mix, the new drummer rules, much better than the drum work on "Darkened Shrines" which good as it was came off as a bit too busy at times IMO.These guys rule, plain & simple.Nile is definitely a weird ass band at times but there are none more heavy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD
I saw Nile here at a local venue, fell in love and bought this cd.This cd is absolutley amazing, it's both very intellgent and brutal...Nile obviously has knowledge about their lyrics.
The guitar work is sweet and the bassist is amazing.These guys are super nice in person, and are great musicians!

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable, amazing new album
Annihilation of the wicked is just about perfect, take the brutality of Amongst the catacombs of the nephren-ka and inject the atmosphere and limitless arrangments of in there darkened shrines and you've got the picture here. This cd is awesome they finally got the perfect sound they were looking for. Karl Sanders is a genius and is a very underrated guitarist and his playing is at the peak on this cd. The new drummer is a god!!!!! I didn't think it could get better than Tony but i guess i was wrong! All in all tis cd rules some of the songs are lengthy, but thats what you get when you listen to nile.

5-0 out of 5 stars you can't get any better than this!
first off i'd like to say "freddurst'snumbaonefan" is a big tool bag,that's all i'm gonna say,he doesn't know anything and he's a big tool,enough said back to the review....i'm new to Nile but i've heard nothing but good things about them so i decided to check'em out...man..i'm sooo glad i did!!this is some REALLY brutal stuff!i can see why Nile are loved in the death metal world!they're amazing musicians and they're brutal as hell too!pick it up if you like death metal!(which if you do i'm sure you already have)so i don't really need to say anything else except it's awesome!

2-0 out of 5 stars A Muffled Mess
Let me start of by saying I like death metal. I like stuff like Graveworm, Napalm Death, Cradle of Filth, Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, Gorerotted, Dimmu Borgir, Old Man's Child, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Unearth, Dark Tranquility, My Dying Bride, Amon Armoth, At The Gates, Death (the band), Kataklsym...I could go on and on. With that being said, I have tried and tried and tired to force myself to like Nile. I have listened to them several times, and here we are again. I listened to this new album and my opinion has not changed about this band at all. The recording and production is terrible. It sounds like a muffled trashcan lid blowing in the wind: muffled noise! The production on all of their albums stinks. To add insult to injury, the singer (screamer) is pathetic, one of the worst death metal vocalists I have heard (for a band with this much popularity). The guys sounds like he is singing in a toilet bowl. Sorry guys, not my cup of tea, and you probably right, I probably just don't get it, but I can say one thing: I have certainly given it my fair share of listening before judging it. Anyway, I gave it an extra star for the guitar work and the drumming, which are both phenomenal! Other than that, can any of you spin the cd at random, pick a section of a song, play 30 seconds of it and guess which song your listening to? NEVER!

Hats off to Nile for keeping death metal alive!
But now that our hats are off, lets ram our heads into something sharp while listening to this undecipherable garbage!
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16. Blackwater Park
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5-0 out of 5 stars Will there ever be a better album?
As an obsessive music fan searching for the perfect album, song, riff, whatever, i doubt whether anything will ever surpass this masterpiece. The gap between Opeth and every other great band is massive... they're in a league of their own. Your average metal band will use maybe four riffs in every song - Opeth will use at minimum ten stunningly complex riffs each song, effortlessly blended together. Add to this the alternately brutal and heavenly vocals of Mikael Akerfeldt and the virtuoso drumming of Martin Lopez.

The Drapery Falls is my favourite song ever...it never fails to send shivers down my spine. Opener 'The Leper Affinity' uses some of the most epic riffs you will ever hear and an acoustic interlude to die for. 'Harvest' is probably the most standard verse/chorus song Opeth have ever written but it is uplifting and depressing at the same time.

The only criticism I could make would be the bass playing of Martin Mendez...it doesn't live up to the standards of the other band members. What happened to Johann de Farfalla, the awesome bassist from their Morningrise album?

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Opeth's best
I have been a fan of Opeth for maybe a year or so. My first purchase was My arms your hearse and from that moment on I became a huge fan. The next purchase was of course Blackwater park. This album is truly a masterpiece from the clean vocals on songs like harvest to death metal style vocals on songs like the leper affinity Akerfeldt shows great range in his voice. The drums are also amazing, the change in time and style is awesome. The drummer doesnt always do speed blasts he changes it up. The mix of acoustic and electric guitars is really cool too. The bassist doesnt overpower everyone but he does have some intricate bass lines. This is my second favorite opeth album I'd have to say My arms your hearse is probably number one. If your into a band that plays complex music and music that changes from slow and melodic to fast and abrasive Opeth is definatley the choice for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Refutation of all 1-Star Ratings
I have read over many pages of reviews on Blackwater Park, and I am quite pleased to see the support Opeth is receiving from intelligent people. However, I also see many, many reviewers giving this phenomenal album a single star. This dusgusts me. I read a review saying that anyone who wanted to listen to real music should listen to bands like Good Charlotte and Grade 8. I strongly hope this was a joke. I've listened with an open mind to Good Charlotte, and they are nothing but a no-talent, can't-decide-if-they're-punk-or-goth, sell-out MTV band that writes songs about suicide with touching videos only to show the world that they know something about cliche "teenage angst" and depression.

Wow, that was pretty rough, wasn't it?

But fine, go ahead, like Good Charlotte. But don't insult Opeth simply because you don't like the rougher sort of vocals Mikael Akerfeldt employs. Not everyone does, it's understandable. They were an acquired taste for me. The same reviewer that cited Good Charlotte as "good music" (perhaps simply because they have "good" in their name?) complained that Opeth is "nothing but a scream band with no talent what so ever" (by the way, whatsoever is one word).

First of all, the quality of Opeth lyrics surpasses that of any band I've ever heard. The dark and haunting poetry that flows from Akerfeldt's pen does not paint a scenery before you, but envelopes you in that scenery. Opeth has been oftencategorized as progressive, and that alone refutes any talk of "no talent." Progressive music is about establishing a pattern of music, and then varying it to different degrees. Those patterns weave in and out of each other, harmonizing and working together to create beautiful music. It takes a far greater knowledge of music theory to coherently structure anything remotely close to being progressive than it does to create a two-minute punk song, the likes of which Good Charlotte probably churns out in under half an hour. The reason Opeth, Dream Theater, and Yes songs run on for over ten minutes most often (of course the Yes epic "Close to the Edge" at around 18 minutes, Dream Theater's "A Change of Seasons" at 23, and Dream Theater's "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence at a whopping 42 minutes) is because they are more than just songs they are writing. These progressive bands are writing symphonies that cannot be concluded in any short amount of time. The songs are long because a vast amount of time and effort was put into them, not to mention skill and knowledge. The bottom line is, saying that Opeth has no talent is like saying that sugar tastes salty, that the ocean is made of sand, or that the sun is a ball of ice.

For any new readers looking into Opeth, please disregard the one-star reviews completely. They are unfair and completely irrelevent. Blackwater Park may be the highlight of Opeth's career and is definitely worth a listen. If you don't like it, fair enough, but don't insult it on unjust grounds. Respect the music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easlily Opeth's best
This to me is Opeth's darkest album. It also has the best acoustic melodies I've ever heard. Every song is solid, if not epic. "My Arms, Your Hearse" is great also, but lacks the majesty and polish of this release. If you've never heard this band before, this may be the best place to start. This is actually the only Opeth CD that is perfect from start to finish. I would also highly recommend the Lamentations DVD. It truely helps the listener understand the band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Phenominal
I have owned this album for about a year now, and I think I've finally got a handle on just how good this is. This isn't a one-time listen album to fully understand. You need to listen to it several times to really grasp just how far-reaching, intelligent, innovative, heavy, and just plain good this album is.

Mikael Akerfelt (I think that's how you spell the lead singer's name) is one of the best vocalists in all of metal music, regardless of subgenre. He can peel paint off the wall with his throat shredding wail and he can also floor you with melody and a truly beautiful singing voice, as evidenced by "Dirge for November". His musical arrangements are so complicated and textured that I still can't pick apart each layer. The texture of the music creates a very dark musical atmosphere. It almost gives the impression of being in a sparse forest, at night, in the winter. When I listen to Blackwater Park, I actually start to feel cold. It's eerie as hell.

To review: Blackwater Park = best heavy record ever, Mikael Akerfelt = brilliant. Buy this album already! ... Read more


17. Trashed, Lost & Strung Out [EP]
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5-0 out of 5 stars this is why i love them
COB DID IT ONCE AGAIN! just when i thought bodom couldnt get any better...this EP is TOO good...i swear i cannot wait until this next album comes out...but let me take alittle time to say how good this one song was.....

LOST TRASHED AND STRUNGOUT!!!

i had fun with this song...this song is amazing...right now it is my favorite song (beside silent night bodom night) the other songs were ok...cuz i do like that cooper cover...but this song....its unexplainable...its soooo good....since the first time i heard this song i was bangin my head like their was no tommorow...i admit i didnt like it from the begining cuz they had gotten alot harder and less melodic but as the song progressed i fell in love wiht it! go buy this album...if u are COB fan...you wont be disappointed!

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18. Lemuria / Sirius B
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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had more room to write...
This 100-minute enterprise (I tend to look at these two albums as one whole piece of work even though they are two separate albums as Therion said on their website) is no less than a masterpiece. In my opinion Lemuria is far better than Sirius B, or at least far more pleasing and rewarding to listen to.

Lemuria:

1) I like Typhon, but not the death vocals. Other than that we have beautiful female vocals, melodies, solos, Ginnungagap influence... The theme of the song is Typhon, the great dragon who will descend from a mountain and burn the world.

2) Uthark Runa: nice melodies, but those clean vocals are annoying. This song wasn't put on the Secret Of The Runes album, so here it is. It deals with Nordic mythology.

3,4) Three Ships of Berik (both parts): Masterpiece of metal composition. Even the death vocals fit here lovely, and I can close my eyes and imagine a battle on the sea, and (in part 2) the victory of the Gothic tribes (the sons of Berik) who have come from the Nordic lands to conquer the remains of the Roman Empire.

5) Lemuria: The title track, and the jewel of the album - an epic, yet at the same time very emotional and melodic, ode to a lost civilisation which supposedly existed on a continent in the South Pacific, and whose existence temporarily overlapped with that of Atlantis. Lovely.

6) Quetzalcoatl: From the song title I can imagine that this is another ode to another lost civilisation - that of the Mayas. It's more upbeat than Lemuria but no less beautiful. The chorus lyrics are in Spanish.

7) The Dreams Of Swedenborg: Second-weakest song on the album. Vocals (especially in the chorus) sound cheesy and weak. Everything else is good, but the vocal melodies are really regretful. This song is about astral voyages.

8) An Arrow From The Sun: Very good song, diverse and melodic, but somehow not good enough to be called a highlight. It's a story of a man who came to the Ancient Greek gods on Olympus and took a spark of light which became an "Arrow From The Sun" and it "penetrated human minds".

9) Abraxas: A mundane intro quickly develops into a very intriguing melody, followed by some beautiful female singing, guitar solos, and a beautiful chorus sung by a mixed choir, which is so amazing that it places the song among my highlights. The song is invoking a new god by the name of Abraxas, who bears the Mark of Cain.

10) Feuer Overture: Weakest song on the album, and the vocals remind me of Rammstein, and that is not cool - Therion has no business sounding like Rammstein. This song should have been put on Sirius B. The song hails Prometheus (the first rebel against the gods), whom Zeus chained on Mt. Caucasus to have an eagle eat his liver every day - and during the night it would heal - but tomorrow the eagle would come again. He was eventually rescued by Hercules. The lyrics are completely in German.

Sirius B (15 minutes longer, but much weaker than Lemuria):

1) Blood Of Kingu: The lead male vocals in this song remind me of the vocals on "The Wild Hunt" from Vovin. I don't like them. The choir parts and the ending are decent, but it doesn't help. The topic is the demon Kingu who is summoned from the sea to rule the void.

2) Son Of The Sun: The kind-of-rocky riff in this song reminds me of the song "Mark Of Cain" from Crowning Of Atlantis. The chorus is really unimaginative. This song is okay to listen to, but there are better ones. The theme is Ancient Egypt and the pharaoh going crazy.

3) The Khlysti Evangelist: Decent song, very experimental and dark atmosphere, and there actually is a story to it. Not bad, though it could use a better vocal melody in the chorus. The beginning lyrics are in Russian and the whole song is about Rasputin and his sinful ways.

4) Dark Venus Persephone: Lovely - reminds me very much of "Birth Of Venus Illegitima" except for the lack of acoustic guitars. A highlight, for sure. The topic is Persephone in the Underworld of Greek Mythology.

5) Kali Yuga Part 1: Kali Yuga is, in the Hindu tradition, the Dark Age, (not related to the historical Dark Age of the Western Civilisation), the fourth and last age before the destruction and rebirth of the world. A twisted age of sin, corruption, and perversion. Supposedly we live in that age today.

6) Kali Yuga Part 2: In both songs, lyrics invoke the dark Hindu goddess Kali (whose age the songs are dedicated to), and the music is appropriately dark and foreboding.

7) The Wondrous World Of Punt: The best song on this album. Slow, melodic, with acoustic guitars, mandolins and beautiful vocals, the last third becomes faster and with electric guitars. It is about a world which is a dream, a mirage, which doesn't really exist.

8) Melek Taus: Melek Taus is a Peacock Lord, as well as some kind of god. The song is okay, but the chorus and ending are pointless chanting, in the vein of Schwarzalbenheim from Secret Of The Runes.

9) Call Of Dagon: Second best song on the album. The horns are magical - it really sounds like a call of some ancient being. The lyrics are about stargazing and freeing oneself from the chains of modern life.

10) Sirius B: Po Tolo! These are the lyrics of this song, and they repeat over and over. Definitely the worst song on the album. Po Tolo!

11) The Voyage Of Gurdjieff: The song is about a different way of life, drawing inspiration from Middle-Eastern traditions. Overall not bad (some NICE rhythm guitar work), and a nice ending track.

Booklets are masterfully done. Best I have ever seen. Such artwork and detail.

Overall, 5 stars!

Buy this album NOW!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Year?
If you were to ask me to compare Therion's music with other artists, I would probably think, and scratch my head, think some more and finally say, there is none. Fact is there is none. Therion is incomparable. I do get a similar feeling from few of the songs of power metal band extraordinaire Thy Majestie and a little from Rhapsody but that's it. I guess nobody else can do it or if the can, don't want to or can't go through the expense of hiring Symphonic orchestras and large choirs.

Therion, brainchild of Swedish musical obergenius Christofer Johnsson, creates the most beautiful heavy metal music imaginable. His use of classical oriented elements in confluence with heavenly choirs and symphonic orchestras is becoming legendary.

Having said that, the new double release Lemuria / Sirius B is just a little heavier than their last five releases. This is not bad, no, it's very good just different, so don't expect a repeat of Theli etc. Lemuria / Sirius B has more metal and even a little electronica but don't worry there's still plenty of the recent Therion to go around.

More than 170 musicians and singers participated in the creation of Lemuria / Sirius B with the recording sessions taking over nine months. With this release, Therion have taken on the challenge of revisiting their roots. Therion have, until now, not been able to meld the harder facets of their early years with the new bombastic symphonic aspects for which Therion have become renown for, like they have on this album!

I like the new direction of Therion. There is nothing wrong with their older material, after all it is all five stars, but this is an exiting change of pace. A fresh perspective from one of the most creative minds in the music industry. I think, in the long run I may like it more.

As usual with Therion, there are no mediocre let alone bad songs. I'm tempted to give all songs five stars but I guess there are a couple that only deserve four and a half stars. This(these) album(s) is(are) in the running for album of the year.

5-0 out of 5 stars unglaublich
I have bought today these albums.Albeit I only listened two times all of the compositions, nearly whole lot of them is keeping floating on my mind. Female voice has kept my hair stand on end due to the fragility and expression of her voice.
I had rated Secret of the Runes 5 stars. This work deserves infinite number of stars.Leading songs from Lemuria can be summed up as Typhon (It reminded me the Hellraiser from The Sweet), Uthark Runa(Super!),Berik (I propose to all Therion fans to accept this song as an anthem of Therion-lovers),Lemuria (Most Sentimental,I could not help but flowing down tears,As if a lamentation to Sumeria and Ancient Egypt(Mind the flute please!)),Quetzalcoatl ((Kutsal Kaan in Turkish Myths)pls pay attention to the given date in this insinuating song)), Dreams of Swedenborg (Maybe owing to the brittling voice of male singer this song does not appeal to me),Abraxas(highly appreciable), Prometheus Entfesselt ((like a mixed mould of Rammstein and Bad Religion)Lovely))
Sirius B-Blood of Kingu (√úbergenius!),Son of the Sun (Flagship!),Evangelist (surreality!), Dark Venus (amazed me with liquidity!), Kali Yuga (Second Part Super!), World of Punt (Leading directly to contemplation),Melek Taus (I admired repetitions of Melek Taus refrain), Call of Dagon (mystifying!), Sirius B ((I kept wondering how Tibetan Buddhists, Turkish,Persian,Pakistani Sufists, Indian Brahmanis, Australian Aborigins will value this song when they listened to)as if an experiment travelling out of your body!) Fourth Way (evoked me some sentiments from the previous masterpiece of Therion)
All in all,an incredible step forward from earlier Therion works. I recommend music lovers first to read the books of Professor Zecheria Sitchin (Eminent Sumerian Researcher) and then dive into Therion. It amazes me the eruditeness of this group about Ancient High Civilizations and Sunken Continents and Myths (in my opinion not myths but sheer reality) and the multilanguage writing (I came across in some songs Russian, Spanish, German wording besides English) .

I congratulate Therion, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Guest Performers and Female Voice (Thank You) with all my heart.

I used tolove to listen to Beethoven,Richard Wagner and Classical Music Divas. Therion is an advanced stage of 18 th and 19 th Century Classical Music School.

In ancient egyptian 'Nefer Neter' means 'Beautiful Creator' I compare the Creation of this work to NEFER NETER.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice to hear from Therion again
After 2 years of silence, Therion comes back with a brand new album, an album the fans were expecting a lot, and it's just not one, but TWO different albums, released at the same time, Lemuria and Sirius B...

Now... how to describe them... well, if you haven't heard Therion, this might not be the proper album to get to know their music, I suggest hearing first Vovin, or perhaps Deggial, to know the kind of music they play nowadays...

As somebody has already said, Lemuria sound more like the kind of stuff they've been doing lately, so it is something you might be accustomed with Therion, and Sirus B is somewhat more experimental, something, that might surprise you...

Overall, they both are great and might be a little shocking for some, since they add some male voices that sound a little too much like rock, but after a few listens, you will see that it was a right move for Therion, since it is more diverse, not the usual chorus all the way through 11 tracks...

I liked it, specially after 2 or 3 listens, listen to it carefully a couple of times, and you'll find yourself humming one or two songs, I know I did...

The best ones IMO, are: An Arrow from the Sun, Quetzalcoatl, Son of the Sun, Lemuria, Call of Dagon, Three Ships of Berik Pt. 1 & 2, Typhon, Melek Taus, The Voyage of Gurdjieff...

You won't be dissapointed with this album(s), one of their best works...

4-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing Therion release
My usual reaction to a new Therion album is amazement that they managed to outdo their last album. Unfortunately after several listens to Lemuria & Sirius B I feel rather disappointed. Although the new albums have plenty of good songs, they don't deliver anything that different from previous releases.

If you haven't heard Therion before their sound is unique and hard to describe, but basically it is good combination of metal and classical music. You might not think these styles would work together but Therion found a way! I strongly recommend anyone who is interested in either of these genres to check out Therion.

These new albums I think however are mediocre relative to Therion's previous releases. If you're a Therion fan like me and thought that Deggial and The Secret Of The Runes were Therion's best albums, you'll probably feel the same way after listening to Lemuria & Sirius B.

Although I was pleasantly suprised to hear Christofer Johnsson's death vocals return on tracks 1 & 3 of Lemuria, I was annoyed by the inclusion of clean male rock style vocals on a lot of the other tracks. These type of vocals worked well on Theli but don't seem to mesh as well with the more elaborate classical arrangements present on later Therion albums.

The highlight of Lemuria for me was Three Ships Of Berek. The return of Chris's extreme vocals and the solid metal riff really got my head banging. Also the imagery of Gothic hoards gathering to wipe out Christians brings warm feelings to my heart.

My favourite track from Sirius B is Son Of The Sun. An awesome song, one of the few not to be marred by male rock vocals.

The main difference between the two albums is that Lemuria is more rock/metal orientated and easier to listen to, whereas Sirius B is more experimental. Other than that there isn't any major differences. I reckon if you randomly arranged all the tracks from both CDs together it wouldn't sound strange. I guess thats what bothers me; no two Therion albums should sound that much alike.

Overall I'd say that these 2 album are definitely worth buying, even if they didn't live up to my expectations. ... Read more


19. Light of Day, Day of Darkness
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Full title - Light Of The Day, Day Of Darkness. Immenselyepic in scope, blasting through dark passages of swollen,over-distorted guitars to serene, idyllic moments ofacoustic & choral enchantment, this release will surely godown in history as one of the most progressive, innovativealbums to ever see the light of day. More than 30 musicians were involved into this epic project, including full opera& children's choirs, classical composers, saxophonists,church organists & a lot more. This highly complex work ofart was recorded using 150 tracks & almost 600 samplers.The End Records. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One very long song... One very GOOD song!
Well Tchort, you're no longer just a sick dude who used to play in one of those black metal bands (yeah, I called Emperor 'just one of those black metal bands')! You're now a fantastic composer and a brilliant musician.

Light of Day, Day of Darkness... what can I say that hasn't been said already? Well, if there was one thing I didn't like, and mind you, there is ONE thing I don't like about it, it's the female vocalist, Synne Soprana. Very bad girl! She doesn't really do any kind of lead vocals, but they're not ambience vocals either. She just makes noises for part of it. But aside from that, and keep in mind some folks may adore her style so this is just a matter of opinion, this is musical magnificence. I mean, a saxophone in a metal band? Only here could that work out so perfectly. There are elements of just about every kind of music you could think of, save for pop, rap, and country. Honestly, I don't know how to describe to you just how amazing this song (it feels so weird saying 'song' instead of 'album' or 'CD'!) really is. You've got to hear it for yourself. This is possibly the most marvelous piece of contemporary music ever written; if Beethoven or Mozart or Rachmaninoff or Berlioz or any of the other greats were still alive today, I think they'd be giving Mr. Tchort one hell of a pat on the back!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dreamlike, ingenious
In a perfect world I'd have heard of this album months ago and bought it the day it was released, so I would not have missed having it for so long. In the vein of A Pleasant Shade of Gray (by Fates Warning), Light of Day, Day of Darkness is entirely _one_ song, filling the album up to about 60 minutes. This is a fantastic, seemingly unheralded album.

I don't know who this Tchort guy is or what he's done in the musical world, but I'm convinced he's a talented man. This CD is his baby. "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" plays out in ebbs and flows of aggressive, crunchy metal passages and gorgeous, placid soundscapes, with influences ranging from folk to gothic to ambient to opera. Instrumentation runs the gamut of a traditional metal lineup to a wealth of non-metal ingredients: strings, saxophone, sitar, opera choirs, children choirs. There is a lot of B3 organ which imbues a certain "classic" feel. Needless to say, this is not your run-of-the-mill CD.

Listening to this album is a dreamlike experience, even during the heavy moments (of which there are many). When you wake after a dream you try and recall details, and yet they elude memory. The first several listens of "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" are similar. When the album ends for the first time, you try to reassemble seemingly disparate musical threads in your mind, but they are fleeting. It takes many of listens to piece this album together entirely, for the cohesion is deeply hidden. Musical passages lead you on in a haze of multifaceted musical realms united through ingenious arrangements and creativity. Recurring motifs are very subtle, excepting the album's main theme which plays out several times. Often, unity is generated by reusing just a single bar, or reintegrating a 5-note melody on a different instrument. All the transitions are very smooth musically, and they seem more so because this is all happening on one track. (In contrast, the aforementioned A Pleasant Shade of Gray divides itself into 12 tracks to separate sections of the overall "suite" and so the listener can navigate to different parts easily. Dream Theater's recent "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" does the same thing.)

Naturally, it's much easier to describe a normal 5-minute -- or even 10-minute -- song than this 60-minute titan. It's just difficult to explain how it all comes together. You have your crunchy metal, and then there's myriad other elements looped around it. Some passages set grandiose string crescendos over pounding drums. Others have acoustic guitar with a delicate keyboard accompaniment. Some parts bring in weird, cosmic synthesizers. A big chunk of the 30-40 minute zone is taken up by misty sonics and a female vocalist singing wordless melodies (at one point she makes a weird fluttering effect with her voice). As the song goes through all these changes, Tchort orchestrates the movements with perfect build-up to heavier moments and skillful withdrawal into quiet passages. The "flow" of the song is just perfect.

The nondescript and deadpan vocals of Kjetil Nordhus work _perfectly_ with the overall sound. Outside of this album, I don't think I'd like them. One of those hyper-vibrato/falsetto power metal singers wouldn't have fit, that's for sure. When he sometimes gets drowned out by the metal sections, even this seems to fit within the album's dreamy context. He is not so much a _lead_ part of the music, but another thread in an elaborate tapestry. Some of the metal sections' rhythms come across a bit rigid because the drumming is sometimes amort (a few times I think I could predict the fills), but most of the riffs are heavy and memorable. At about the 16:00 mark, this killer riff comes in but it's only used briefly...too bad, because I liked it. Under this riff, the drumming continues to grow more intense until the heaviness retracts again.

Some night, jump in the car, throw Light of Day, Day of Darkness in the CD player, and drive around in the country for an hour. It will be a good experience.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
The idea of using an entire album for one song or concept isn't new. Rush did it on their 2112 and Hemispheres albums back in the 1970s, Mountain's live album features a 23-minute long rendition of "Natucket Sleighride", Yes's "Close to the Edge" also occupied an entire side of an LP. More recently, Dream Theater's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Change of Seasons EP also features very lengthy tracks. Why the comparisons with the past? Because according to some reviewers here, Green Carnation's Herculean effort of "Day of Darkness" is the best thing since sliced bread. It isn't - the band breaks no new musical ground at all, delivering a functional, adequate gloom-metal album that's listenable but nothing more. There are some decent highlights, such as the softer passages, or those with the chanting choir. And thankfully, the vocals aren't growled and can actually be discerned. But the general level of musicianmanship is only average, so comparisons to the likes of Dream Theater or other viruoso-based bands is not possible. It's certainly worth a listen but my criteria is always whether the tunes eventually stay in my head long enough for me to at least hum along. Applying this criteria, Green Carnation falls short.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome cd
This entire cd is great... it changes alot, and it never leaves you bored... check it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars best god damn song ever
wow, i got lucky when I was with a friend of mine at a record store (record city - lake zurich, best f***ing place ever, it has EVERYTHING almost) and he found it in under the G section of cds. he was not able to purchase it at the time, and since I heard about this a while back too i decided to buy this, and this was definently worth every penny!!!

I've never heard of this Tchort fellow before this and thats quite a shame, and my fault too I supose, cause what Tchort does here is compose one of the best symphonic metal pieces (mixed with many other things) and creates a atmopshpere of a majestic, eerie, world unto itself that is just beyond perfection and is above all things beautiful!

this might be a bad comparrison but its honest, the only bands that i can honestly tell you that come close to this in anyway would be Opeth, Nightwish, Demons and Wizards, and Winds (I still need to get a cd from them). I say it might be a bad comparison because i might give you the wrong idea of what this cd sounds like and you might expect something exactly of the likes of those bands. But in this instance I believe it is neccesary to mention those because you, the reader, have the right to know how high and talented the level of musicianship is displayed on this cd compared to many other bands, and what kind of supremecy this cd has over (lets just say) modern rock or metal. I am convinced Green Carnation have mad the best song of all time!

I will finish by saying that the lyrics are also majestic and heavenly beautiful! Tchort is also a amazing poet! the lyrics are extremely heart touching with a heavy emphasis of imagery and symbolism. Tchort is the all time example of the perfect artist, not only does he make the best music ever, he makes the best words ever to go with the song (or the other way around, i dont know which he made first)

Tchort = best musician ever, Green Carnation = ideal perfect artistic band! Buy this cd whenever you have a chance! ... Read more


20. The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code
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5-0 out of 5 stars Grind 'em out and spit 'em out!!
Again the Gods of Grind have returned w/a blistering release.Don't pay attention to the naysayers who will always find fault w/the band.They were never long time fans in the first place.The band are grinding even more so on this cd.Blistering fast and they have added some incredible stomp parts that will have people killing eachother in the pits.Kudos to the band for continuing their ascent again.If you love the brutal nature of the band then you will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long Live Napalm Death....ALL Hail The Gods of Grindcore...
I think that the last 3 albums. Enemy of the music business, Order of the leech and the code is red... long live the code... are all napalm death classics.Too bad that Jesse is gone, but hey change comes to all of us for good or bad. These guys are awesome.The code is red long live the code is a napalm death classic. Napalm Death is still true to their fans and music.In my opinion people who have nothing good to say about this album or Napalm Death should keep their opinions in a place where the sun will never shine.Up their rotten brainless arses. Long live Napalm Death and grind.Hoya!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Long live CONFUSION.....
All I'm going to say is I don't know what MOST people are smoking because this album is HORRIBLE!!Enough said!!Since the millenium change Napalm death has been going back & fourth in terms of making quality & sh...y albums!

'Leaders not Followers' (2000): Not bad for an EP, very punk-metal sounding but still heavy!

'Enemies of the Music Business' (2001) HORRIBLE!!It sounded like they were tring to go back to their punk roots for some God forsaken reason!Why the nastalgia trip?I think it's because they were trying to satisfy the "old" fans who prefer punk music & NOT heavy or extreme music!!I'll give Napalm credit for 1 thing, they did put a nice raw, but powerful aggression into the music.

'Order of the Leech' (2002) ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC!!!!This is truly the BEST album they've EVER done!!Hands down! It almost seemed like they were saying "sorry" for the last album!The sound quality was top-notch, double bass pedaling like machine guns, blistering guitars, & Mark "Barney" Greenway never sounded more terrifying! Absoutely a Metal masterwork!!Kind of like 'Utopia Banished' but better musically & in sound production.

'Leaders not Followers II' (2004) It's cool for another cover album; but still not Napalm!

'Long Live the Code...' (2005) Well, you already know what I think about this 1, but I'll elaborate.The album takes off as if 'Order of the Leech' was never made!I just don't understand how this band who was getting better over the years, have suddenly just almost fallen apart over the last few years.maybe if they weren't making cover albums every few years & just concentrated on thier OWN music, they'll get back to making QUALITY albums like 'Order of the Leech.'

I've been to 1 of their shows a few years ago, & I will say that they can really blow you away live; but they need to consider retiring as Napalm or get back to really being serious again.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Gods of Grind keep getting better.
Napalm Death is the only band around who is writing some of their very best material after almost 20 years in the scene.All of ND's stuff is good, but since they left earache the material has been phenomenal.This is no exception."The Code is Red...Long Live the Code" is one of the best napalm albums yet.I can't see any fan being disappointed by this.

The departure of Jesse Pintado makes this the first album since "Harmony Corruption" to feature a different line up.Thankfully, ND have not let it slow them down one bit.Mitch Harris carries the guitar duties just fine without the aide of Jesse.Barney's vocals are as vicious as ever, with some of the best and most intelligent lyrics yet.Danny Herrera's drumming is terrific with plenty of variety but also plenty of blasting!The drums also sound much better than they did on "Order of the Leech".I'm not sure if they are triggered or not, and that's a good thing.the drums on OOTL were triggered to the point of sounding mechanical.On TCIR...LLTC the drums sound much more natural and blend well with the music.And what can be said for Shane Embury?He is a grindcore legend.

The songwriting on this album is much more varied than OOTL.As one previous reviewer said, we are seeing an integration here of the many styles of ND.This album has a greater variety of song lengths, with 3 songs clocking in over 4 minutes and 3 under 2 minutes.One of these actually speeds by in under a minute, a real treat for old school grind fans!There are a number of lightning fast grind songs but this time we also have a couple slow tracks ("Morale," "Our Pain is their Power") in a style that has not been heard since the diatribes era.A couple songs also feature guitar riffs that sound reminiscent of "Words from the Exit Wound's" more melodic style of playing.The guest vocals from Jamey Jasta (hatebreed), Jello Biafra, and Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS, of course!) also add character to a few of the songs.

Also noteworthy are some of the background vocals.Mitch Harris adds some ear shattering highs to a few of the tracks which make a great contrast to Barney's gruff vocals.Some of the tracks (if I'm not mistaken) also feature barney's funny high screams that he first performed on "Leaders Not Followers: part 1".A nice addition.

All in all, this is one of the BEST napalm albums and an essential grind record.The music is brutal and the songwriting is top notch.Napalm Death are truly the kings of this genre and they have proven themsleves yet again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mildly Dissapointing
Im a little dissapointed with this album its not as heavy as order of the leech and its missing Jesse hes supposely in rehab for his alcohol addiction and is probally not coming back which sucks because he wrote some manic stuff and i like his riffs but the album isnt bad Barney just shreds threw every song with his vocals and Danny still one of the best drummers of Death/Grind and the guest apperances are cool Morale and Our Pain Their Power are interesting songs still worth your moneyprobally the 6th best from the gods of grind thats all enjoy! ... Read more


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