|Review: Satyros - A Day of Rain|
|A Day of Rain|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 17, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
for:A Day of Rain
Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)
Germany's Satyros presents a rather nice brand of Melodic, Extreme Metal. As you check these guys out, don't be fooled by their corpse-painted faces. Their style is different than it looks.
Satyros mix Melodic Death/Black Metal with a variety of Heavy Metal riffs. Their new demo/EP, A Day of Rain, emphasizes that combination of styles quite well. This release consists of four tracks of coldness followed by intense human emotion. In comparison with the Norwegian Extreme Metal scene, A Day of Rain is more of a Heavy Metal record with extreme features. Some of this works while some doesn't.
It seems as though A Day of Rain was viewed by the band as an opportunity to try out some different things. On the first track, "Purify," Satyros goes all in with a raw sound, but on the next song, "Moments of Mine," they go with some different elements like melodic lead guitar riffs. On the second half of the EP, something changed. You might think, at the beginning of "Traumhallen," Satyros went wild. However, the opening measures are deceiving. Both "Traumhallen" and the last track, "Lost in Grey," are full of suspense, which, even despite the low quality production, sound sold to the ears. These last two songs prove that Satyros has a future to look forward to.
It is hard to say if the poor sound of this release was intentional or not, as the EP seems to be more of a showcase for new material. Low vocals, inconsistent guitar sound and barely noticeable drums are the lowlights. The quality of the music, however, points to a far better product, given an official release. Rawness is not the answer, but certainly has its advantages.
I would acknowledge "Lost in Grey" as the blueprint for the band's next effort. It is just great. Damn, those are amazing solos!
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