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   DETONATION
An Epic Defiance
2002
Osmose
http://detonation.wingsofdeath.nu


rating: 4/5

1. The Dawning (intro)
2. An Epic Defiance
3. The Prophecy Unfolds
4. Sword-Carved Skin
5. Forever Buried Pain
6. Crawling Through Vile
7. The Collision Of Despair
8. Deserving Death
9. Voices Beyond Reason
10. Lost Euphoria Part II
11. The Last Of My Commands
12. Starve

Is Göteborg located in the Netherlands now? Of course it's not. But the famous Gothenburg sound certainly made these Dutch guys pick up their instruments and form Detonation. There's even a sticker on the album saying "The successor of Dark Tranquillity's The Gallery album", so it's not that I simply made this comparison up ;)

But I'd like to stress that Detonation doesn't sound like an exact copy of (older) Dark Tranquillity, even though there are some tracks on the album where that influence is more than obvious (even newer Dark Tranquillity, listen to the end of "Voices Beyond Reason"). It's more like they took this sound for the basic songstructures and put all of their other influences (a little thrash is in there, too) and ideas on top of it. Thanks to the dual harmonic leads on one side and crispy riffs combined with awesome drumming on the other, Detonation manages to find the perfect balance between melody and brutality. Some of the songs are opened by acoustic guitars or even have acoustic parts in the middle which give them a nice atmosphere. "Sword-carved Skin" is a good example. A damn heavy song, thrashy even. You're listening to doublebass and then in the next second suddenly there's this acoustic part with some spoken words in it. "The Collision Of Despair" does have an almost proggy feel to it, "Lost Euphoria part II" is more of a mid-paced instrumental that leads into track # 11, "The Last Of My Commands" that sees a lot of guitar soloing.
I also really like the growling and screaming of shouter and guitarist Koen who often is supported by some guest shouters. What I didn't like were some more or less clean chants on last track "Starve", backed by blastbeat drumming. Doesn't sound all that great to my ears. But that is probably the only complaint I have. Well done, guys!

submitted by Cora 22.09.2003

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