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01. Aeon Sable
- Aether
02. Amorphis
- Queen Of Time
03. Atrium Carceri
- Codex
04. Dimmu Borgir
- Eonian
05. Behemoth
- I Loved You At Your Darkest
06. The Eternal
- Waiting For The Endless Dawn
07. MGT
- Gemini Nyte
08. Primordial
- Exile Amongst The Ruins
09. Khôrada
- Salt
10. Immortal
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Veri Jumala - Obsession With Sanity (2014) - Review

Band: Veri Jumala
Album title: Obsession With Sanity
Release date: 13 May 2014
Label: Crysella Records

Tracklist:
01. Obsession
02. Love Is The Lesson
03. Sapphire Eyes   
04. Shadow With Silence
05. Dying Alone
06. Wintersoul
07. Rain
08. Dream Within A Storm
09. Endless Sorrows
10. A Story Of A Forlorn Love
11. Sanity

Wow, this is bad, really bad. Believe me that I don't like to slander artist and what they are doing or releasing just like that but this German one-man band is simply no go. Eleven tracks on this album are just a mere HIM/love metal fan exhibitions and done in an almost unbereable way, ok, there are a couple of parts that show some positive compositional bright points and talent, but looking at Obsession With Sanity as an entirety is such a bland record.

First of all the production... it sounds just like a badly recorded demo tape, vocals are too much fronted and the high-pitched laments get on my nerves. In the background there are repetitive guitar riffs, even though there are some sweet melodies and leads that show some proficiency, the same goes for drums and the rest of instrumentation. In a word the whole instrumental and vocal side are completely uninspired. Really, it sounds just like some kids with a will for talent who are in love with Valo & co. grabbed the instruments and recorded it on a tape recorder.

Here and there you'll hear some nice synths and a couple of shrieks ("Saphire Eyes") that are one of rare positive points in all this mess. Most of the tracks follow the same receipt with trying to be as much as possible romantic and emotional, with some heavy additions and obligatory sparkly piano touches. Well there are also more atmospheric and acoustic tracks like the ballad "Wintersoul" which is one of the rare bright moments in here, actually this one is pretty captivating, even deep vocals in here do the job, so I just wonder why not sticking with this formula. Later on another quite interesting ambiental piece, "Dream Within A Storm", just validates where Veri Jumala is good at. And the man showed his ability to do good ambiental tunes also in both intro "Obsession" and in outro named "Sanity".

Beside before mentioned positive moments the tracks have no special drive, have no head and tail. There's no trace of originality, not even one word connection in lyrics is something not heard before. So, I just wonder for who is this release intended, neither the genre, let's call it "love metal" like the once popular Finns did it, is in a huge decline and hand on heart even when this genre was in its heights and many bands came out with similar things there was rarerly heard something bad like this.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 3/10

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Band: Myrkur
Album title: M
Release date: 21 August 2015
Label: Relapse Records

On M Myrkur offers eleven tracks of haunting ambiances, short tracks with only one that exceeds five minutes in lenght, but each one of those brings forth quite an interesting blend of styles. M is a very dark album in its essence, it shows the savage side of nature which shines in beauty and Myrkur is an observer of all that. The ambiances go from some very ice cold ones to those warm ethereal parts where Myrkur with kind of a delicacy of features caresses the listeners soul. M shines from many aspects, it's a well composed album that shows both, the emotional, traditional and savage side of nature lover - Amalie Bruun. It also shows a huge talent of the composer and Amalie should be respected just for that. Her pop side does her many favors here, she knows how to make songs catchy when needed and it's nothing strange that Kristoffer Rygg aka Garm of the legendary Ulver co-produced this album and the job done is nearly to perfect. It adds kind of grimness, density and rough edge to the whole thing by reaching to get that old-school sound. Still, it doesn't sound too unpolished, the sound is clear enough.

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