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Review: Dark Age - Acedia
Dark Age

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 43:53
Tracks: 11
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 1/5

Review online: March 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (6 Votes)

If you thought In Flames and Soilwork were bad, run for the hills right now. Those of you still here I guess you're either interested in this brand of Melodic Death Metal or just generally interested – however I'd still suggest running, I'll be doing the same. I'm surprised this one isn't huge with the kids, mixing melodic and clean vocals, that over-produced Stabbing the Drama feel, "catchy" choruses and breakdowns. To be honest there's not one redeeming factor on Acedia, in fact it's barely metal. Riffs don't exist here we just have those down-tuned chord progressions and an overabundance of clean guitars over bass and drums – sometimes the occasional decent part arises (see the later half of the album, particularly "Halo Meridian") although even then still nothing special. It's easy to see these guys are aiming for mainstream domination, and it's funny because besides this album I've yet to hear their name mentioned. I'll keep this short because there's nothing good to say here, for proof of how horrible this actually is check out "Zeitgeist (Ghost In A Machine)" – it sounds like a fucking Rob Zombie song. If you like the acts who got in on the mainstream from the Gothenburg scene you'll find something to enjoy here. For the rest of us let's just move on, nothing to see here.

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