|Review: Omnium Gatherum - Spirits And August Lights|
|Spirits And August Lights|
Label: Rage Of Achilles
Year released: 2003
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: June 4, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
for:Spirits And August Lights
Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)
This is the first thing I have heard from this band but the press material included with the promo compared the sound to that of fellow Finnish metallers, Children of Bodom. If you are going to be compared to another band it is always damn good to be compared to a kick ass band such as CoB. On the other hand being compared to such a good band can also be quite difficult considering you come to expect a lot from the band that they may just not be able to put forth yet. After giving this album more than a few spins I can say with certainty that the comparison is certainly justified but there are definitely differences between the two bands that are more than obvious.
I hate comparing two bands together but it is the easiest way to describe the overall sound of an album and in this case the press material kept comparing them to each other as well so what the hell. This album is indeed a killer album from beginning to end and the song structures are very reminiscent of CoB in that there are tons of tempo changes and kick ass guitar riffs. The differences are simply that the leads are damn good but not as good as Alexi Laiho’s (But then again there aren’t many guitar players that you can say that about…heh). Now saying that the guitar work isn’t as good as Alexi would do is pretty unfair so I do have to give the some serious credit since overall the guitar work on this album is simply excellent from beginning to end with killer riffs leading to some damn good solo’s. The keyboards are also only used in a strictly support role which I actually like a lot more since sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the amount of keyboard playing on a CoB disc. The vocals are your garden variety melodic death metal style, no worse and not really any better but with vocals I could really care less unless they get annoying (Can you say Dani Filth…heh). One of the major things I liked about the album was the clean guitar passages that are spread out throughout the album; it really added a lot more depth to the music.
Overall I really enjoyed this album and it has been in a pretty regular rotation ever since I got it. The more you listen the better it seems to get and I just love albums like that. If you are looking for band that I would consider a cross between Children of Bodom, Soilwork and Dark Tranquility well this is a perfect album for you. Enjoy and remember where you got that recommendation...you will certainly owe me one…heh
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