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   MADDER MORTEM
Deadlands
2002
Century Media
http://www.maddermortem.com


rating: 5/5

1. Enter
2. Necropol Lit
3. Omnivore
4. Rust Cleansing
5. Faceless
6. Distance Will Save Us
7. Silverspine
8. Jigsaw (The Pattern And The      Puzzle)
9. Deadlands
10. Resonatine
There is no style for Madder Mortem. This extraordinary Norwegian quintet mixes everything with everything and gives the listener something absolutely unique. Basis of their music is some weird kind of gothic doom, but it's blended with progressive, alternative and even some industrial, although "Deadlands" is undoubtely beyond all stylistical boundaries. Ok, some may call it avant-garde metal, and they will be right, even though "avant-garde" describes approach to songwriting rather than music itself. Vocals are easier to describe by picking up analogies: Agnete's voice is somewhere between Sandra Nasic and Diamanda Galas, and to me it's one of the best female voices in metal. "Deadlands" as a whole is, just as stated in the press-release, less schizophrenic, but heavier and more groovy than its predecessor "All Flesh Is Grass". I would add that it's more 'modern' and is more into the atmosphere of desperation and hopelessness, while "AFIG" was delivering the feelings of blind madness. Anyway, it's all very personal and subjective. But one thing is sure: both albums are a must have for all who're not afraid of musical experiments with unusual results.

submitted by Alex 05.03.2003

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