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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 3

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Crimson Glory: “Astronomica” Deluxe Edition (Metal Mind Productions)

The masks were gone and the sun had risen on former singer Midnight with the arrival of Wade Black. Yet despite the changes, Crimson Glory remained a supremely powerful Melodic Metal force. Astromonica was a great release that showed they were not all image but instead musically proficient players. The remaster includes a bonus CD of rarities (live & demo) with expanded liner notes. A must for fans of the genre when it was still new and boundless. With reunion material pending, this is a great jumping on point for those who only heard about their legend from others who lived through those early years.

Cruachan: “The Morrigan’s Call” (Candlelight Records)

If Korplikanni gets you kicking and Finntroll finds your fancy then it’s high time to “go Irish” with Cruachan who show you how it’s done on the Emerald Isle. Rich Folk melody with a truly Irish twist will get the blood and the Guinness pumping as you rock to this one. Dark Metal elements and traditional instruments join together and deliver high-energy tunes that will turn a rousing jig into a swarming mosh pit. Points on this CD make you feel like you are in a concert hall while others have you in faraway lands on open fields with good friends. Brilliant!
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“Semi Devilish” by Darzamat

Artist: Darzamat
Title: “Semi Devilish”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Darzamat is a Gothic Metal band that’s not only fronted by a dueling male and female vocal but also one who blends the elements of Black and Death Metal together with incredible success. Now you might be rolling your eyes at the aspect of yet another male/female fronted Metal band but before you do that let me explain just how incredible Poland’s Dark Metal group actually is. “Semi Devilish” is the bands fourth album and it all begins with a powerful instrumental mood maker before “Red Iris” begins. The tune serves as your introduction to the band as we hear the guttural growls of Flauros, the male vocalist, and the clean yet brooding at times vocals of his female counterpart Nera. Nera’s voice is the perfect dynamic and she keeps her vocals at one tone for the most part as opposed to doing soaring operatic things and with so many bands doing this these days I found it a welcome change. It continues along with “Era Aggression” and finds a raving Flauros over a machine gun double bass drum pattern while Nera joins in as an almost ghostly chorus. It doesn’t take long before one realizes that this isn’t along the lines of Lacuna Coil or Evanescence but instead more like Dimmu Borgir meets Within Temptation if you needed to form an immediate idea about them. Given this description one can understand also that the material on “Semi Devilish” is rather heavy and it keeps this as a constant across the various dramas that the band plays out all over the album.
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“Live Profanity” by Darzamat

Artist: Darzamat
Title: “Live Profanity (Visiting The Graves Of Heretics)”
Label: MVD Visual
Release Date: 8/28/2007
Genre: Gothic Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

For those who might not be paying attention to the scene that has been coming out of Europe over the last couple of years please allow me to introduce you to Darzamat – one of the most important bands to come out of the Polish Black and Death Metal scene in a long time. As a band, Darzamat is set up in the same fashion as Italy’s Lacuna Coil by having six members in the band and being one that features both a male and female shared vocal lead but the comparison ends right there as musically there is no similarity whatsoever between the two. The band is a brutalizing effort that not only combines elements of Black and Death Metal but also employs some of the Symphonic Gothic aspect as well. This video finds the band in their native Poland performing at Metal Mania 2007 at Spodek and the killer set that they deliver shows very clearly why this band is not to be taken lightly. Most of the material in their set comes from the bands most recent albums “Transkarpatia” and “Semi Devlish” – each of them being releases that would appeal to a wide variety of Metal fans. There is a lot of good stuff on the main program with highlights being “Vampiric Prose”, “Blackword” and “Burning Times”. Those tunes in particular work mainly as a result of how the keyboards of Spectre are done as his influences on the musicality of the band are outright ominous and foreboding.
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“Transkarpatia” by Darzamat

Artist: Darzamat
Title: “Transkarpatia”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 8/29/2006
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

I originally found Darzamat a little difficult to comprehend as not only were beautiful and haunting female vocals present in the Metal, but there is also a Dimmu Borgir styled Black Metal vocal presence. The combination of the two makes for a unique dynamic across the length of the album and is sure to make a few more people aware of this band, and what they bring to the table. Hailing from Poland, this group has been around since 1995 and with “Transkarpatia” seems to have matured and raised the quality of their sound from samples I heard from the bands past. The female lead is Nera, and she haunts the tracks like a dark siren while Flauros (the male/Black Metal lead) growls in answer to her. The result is unique because under all of the back and forth singing the band is thunderous and truly bringing some great Metal to life. According to their website, the name Darzamat itself refers to a spirit guardian of the gardens and forests. I have to say that I enjoyed most of the tracks after only a few listens, with special focus being on “Vampiric Prose”, “Hallucinations” and “The Burning times”. The production and sound on the album is top notch and it is perhaps due to the assistance in this area by Andy LaRocque (guitarist of King Diamond). It is an album that fans of both Arch Enemy and perhaps even Cradle Of Filth should look into based on some of the intrinsic similarities in style. It is a creative piece and definitely brings you into their world on every track. A booklet with lyrics and photos are included to get a better grasp of the subject matter and it never hurts when it’s a band that has an interesting presence.
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