there was something I didn't expect, that was the return of vintage
Swedish death metal, or if you prefer melodic death alà Dark
Tranquillity, In Flames and the likes. Actually some chips of black
metal are present, and heavy metal guitar solos abound, although all
of the music is much more elaborated than these 3 genres might make
you think about.
Good guitar solos and high global skills complete the picture of the
Dutch. I guess their MCD "Lost Euphoria" will soon
become a most searched for object. What can be improved is the effectiveness
of the songwriting, on some occasions a little unripe, but this really
means to split hairs. The positive aspects of this CD reside in the
relaxed breaks used in songs like "Sword-carved Skin"
or at the beginning of "The Collision of Despair",
or again in the whole "Lost Euphoria pt.II", actually
nothing more than an intro for "The Last of My Commands",
proving the band owns a marked sense of melody and knows when to use
it. Please make no comparisons with the above cited masters, and yet
don't forget that if you wish to live such feelings again today, this
CD is a good starting point.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 14/07/03