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“Tales Of Sullen Eyes” by Royal Anguish

Artist: Royal Anguish
Title: “Tales Of Sullen Eyes”
Label: Fear Dark Records
Release Date: 2/1/2006
Genre: Gothic Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

Royal Anguish is a Central Florida based band that delivers a more European style of Extreme Metal which couples the sadness of Gothic along with the blistering levels of Black and Traditional Metal. On “Tales Of Sullen Eyes” you are instantly hit with some of the time signatures often associated with bands like Dimmu Borgir but the blazing speed gets countered by the lovely Katy Decker’s operatic and melodic notes. The shining light in the dark effect of her voice is immediately countered by the darkness of Matt Knowles who handles the growling beast vocal parts to the recording. It is a very musically challenging recording as well, since the group does manage to deliver some complex riffs and interesting changes to the overall feel of the tunes. The five-song EP is a definite must have for fans of bands like Epica or Darzamat as there are some similarities in style but enough differences to make Royal Anguish a unique listening experience.
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