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   YYRKOON
Dying Sun
2002
Anvil
http://www.yyrkoon.net


rating: 3/5

1. Idols Are Burning
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Metal from France? Bananas from Greenland? Seriously though, Yyrkoon are a new acquaintance to me and they do indeed come from France. This is their second album and they play a mix of traditional heavy metal and thrash metal with some power and even prog elements thrown into the mix. The thrashy riffs and some catchy melodies are the leading factors here that keep the package together. Also the occasional ghost-like synth adds a layer of atmosphere to the final result, from where one might draw comparisons to today's melodic death metal. The synth also makes the music more interesting (for me) since without it the sound would be rather boring. There are both clean and growling vocals, emphasis being on the latter. Quite often the clean vocals have been saved for the choruses, which highlights the melodies of the choruses. The singer's English pronounciation leaves some room for improvement as does his singing in general. Especially the growls sound rather indifferent, but his clean vocals are actually quite enjoyable to listen to. Yyrkoon's music is aggressive, melodic, harsh and beautiful at the same time, but somehow I feel like they can't squeeze all the juice from the elements they have on their hands. With all the influences Yyrkoon have audible on "Dying Sun", I must say that at least they're not lacking ambition. The production on this album is sadly nothing more than a showcase of mediocrity. With better production all the nuances could be more easily noticeable. Now the album sounds on some points like a wall of grey rain. Whatever the case, I am looking forward to their follow-up album.

submitted by Aleksi 09.06.2003

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