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12ablaze
2002
Black Lotus Records
band's website unknown


rating: 3/5

1. Enshield My Hate Eternal
2. Of Dawns, Perished Tranquillity
3. Rapture And The Mourning Virtue
4. Weak We Stand Before Them
5. Ablazing 12
6. A Serenade Like Blood Caress
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Another band I didn't know of but the band has been around since 1994 and this is their 3rd release. Not sure if it is a compliment for the band but I could not tell from listening to their album that they're Greek. The music is more influenced by the Swedish melodic death metal scene I'd say. So there you have the direction of the music but still this does not give the album justice. The band also touches melodic forms of black metal or heavy incarnations of gothic metal. Due to the use of a few samples/synths they also create a modern sound. Yep, this band happily mixes all styles within those genres and while this might sound deterrend and chaotic let me tell you that this is not the case.

Based on ripping guitars this album is heavy as hell. And though being generally very agressive "12ablaze" contains tons of classical interludes (using acoustic guitars, strings, piano and the likes) that create a more epic and sometimes even melancholic atmosphere. There are plenty of raging blastbeat parts, almost hymnic chorusses and sorrowful passages. Diversity is the strongest point of the album and that's why this album meets the requirements to appeal to many fans of one of the aforementioned genres. Vocals come death/black metal style (no clean parts) with sometimes several growls overlaying each other which I find great and also add some even more power. No females! It's almost refreshing nowadays when there's no female trying to enchant with her sweet voice (which seldom works - for me anyway).

What I found disturbing is that though being an overall enjoyable release unfortunately some real highlights that stick out are missing.

submitted by Cora 18.01.2003

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