Label: Witchking Records 2011
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
First of all, I sort of enjoyed their debut and thought it had some thoughtworthy lyric and messages. Progressive Black Metal with growls and with a rather fascinating structure of melodies. Entitled, "The Death Of A Rose", the new album is supposed to be a natural progression with a more matured approach to songwriting, yet retaining the familiar trademarks of the band's sound that got them noticed in 2009. Sure, crushing riffs with dark and sinister passages should perhaps work on paper, but sadly not in reality (at least not this time and according to this particular reviewer).
It's supposed to be your perfect showcase for the band's music after all, yeah? But for some reason, not a single track (past the opening "Rouge") conjures up images and sounds of excellence or the 'wow factor. There's eight tracks of titles and lyrics that even Gene $immons would think twice about using, ehem, stealing, and hey, I'm a major fan of his band. Bland with a capitol B and you can barely remember the track you've been listening to and nevermind the entire album. Yes, they can play their instruments rather well actually and yes, it does sound like they've been together for twenty years or more as a band. But so what? if they can't come up with any tracks worthy of wiping your own a##. But hey, don't let me stop you from checking out the band, if you're into a second rate: Obskura, Opeth, or possible even Ihsahn, etc.