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Review: The National Cemetary Orchestra - Beyond the Shadows
The National Cemetary Orchestra
Beyond the Shadows

Label: Independent
Year released: 2002
Duration: 39:31
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 10, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Beyond the Shadows


A second album for The National Cemetery Orchestra, once again an instrumental. "Beyond the Shadows" follows in the same footsteps as the debut album, albeit with a slightly darker overall feel to it. At times following beats that remind me of early Metallica, the music - especially the guitars - also sound a bit like some raw Black Metal, without being quite that either, but at times the similarities are striking. There's a little of everything here, venturing into Thrash and Death Metal, sometimes going a bit more on the experimental side as well. There are not as many "weak" moments as on the first album, but there are still a few where things are a bit too repetitive or the playing just feels shaky.

This album touches so many genres that it falls into a class by itself. Sure thing is, you can't bitch about the vocals since there aren't any. :) Check the page for contact info and some songs to download.

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