|Review: Dark Embrace - Bitter End|
Year released: 2003
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: February 18, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Dark Embrace play some well-executed Doom metal, although their Black Metal roots are still evident in a few tracks, especially atmosphere-wise at times - interesting mix to say the least. There's a mix of clean and more extreme vocals, with material ranging from very slow and heavy to more extreme (as in faster) playing. As can be expected, they do use keyboards, but overall in a very well-orchestrated way so that they don't come out as overwhelmingly annoying. :) There's nothing particularly groundbreaking here (is there ever?), but the band knows how to play this genre. Heavy entrancing and depressing melodies are what's most noticeable here, although the third track also stands out by itself by being definitely closer to Black Metal than it is to Doom. While this demo is very short, it definitely showcases the band's potential. If they can keep this up for a whole album, then we might have a winner.
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