|Review: The Bereaved - Darkened Silhouette|
Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: May 12, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
I was really sure this was going to suck, being on Black Lotus and all, plus with a cover that depicts a woman trying to force her head through a bedpan lid – it just didn't look promising. But this is a decent Gothenburg album. The Bereaved play a thrashier version of the old-style 'melodic death metal' a la "Whoracle" In Flames or old Gardenian. The riffs are nice, with some chunky thrash bits and the expected melodic leads and interludes. Vocals are a boring yap, with verrrry occasional clean lines here and there. The songs all sound pretty much alike, but they don't suck. The major complaint to level here is that we have certainly heard all this before, and this album could have been put out in 1999 and sounded right at home. The Bereaved are not bad, and fans of this kind of thing will love this album, but they bring nothing new to the table, and in the final analysis are just another generic Gothenburg band.
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