Cradle of Filth – Nymphetamine (2004) – Review

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Whoever said the Black Metal scene is filled with necrotic-psychopathic eruptions of total bullshit? Made by wackos that prefer the night. And only the night.

There are a few good bands out there, you know. Those with some fantasy, that come without the urge to bludgeon you to death with spiked fists and electric guitars, coupled with disgracefully bad music.

Cradle of Filth is one of the more promising bands out there. And their 2004 album Nymphetamine graces us with one of their better productions, especially compared to Damnation and a Day of 2003.

Saying this, I can already picture the purists’ … [...] Click to raid more!

Within Temptation – The Unforgiving (2011) – Review

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Within-Temptation-The-Unforgiving-2011OK, I get it! Nothing is ever easy and change is a constant, as there is no such thing as a steady state in physical music creation. And it needs some courage to do the change-over that these guys have done. Like in radical and absolute. Nothing much left of Metal and Gothic or Symphonic, whilst there are some attempts to get back on track.

The 2011 album The Unforgiving from Within Temptation is a totally new direction from what was before. Some of my co-reviewers compared the record to Nightwish, but there is no Nightwish ingenuity in there, [...] Click to raid more!

Within Temptation – The Heart of Everything (2007) – Review

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The Heart of Everything is the first Within Temptation record I ever listened to, and it hooked me like a fish on a spike. The slightly subdued symphonic Gothic Metal sound and the diversity of the tracks were just irresistible.

And it’s those very dark, brooding sections that interchange with light and airy stuff coming right out of some ethereal sphere that got to me. To spice things up some more, sometimes Within Temptation sounds like some computer game soundtrack of sorts on The Heart of Everything. And this is what it is, essentially. At least for parts of the … [...] Click to raid more!

Delain – April Rain (2009) – Review

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Kind of closely following their late 2006 album Lucidity in style, April RainDelain‘s 2009 Symphonic and Gothic Metal concoction, is nevertheless a step up in speed and overall juice. 

Nightwish remains a clear influence on this new record, too. The style of which is clearly brought to the forefront by Marco Hietala‘s excellent contribution to this album.

As in the track Control The Storm that really takes off, with some typical raw power Marco usually brings to the party. The consequence – however – is that at times the production sounds a bit too much like Nightwish itself. [...] Click to raid more!