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13 May 2011

Review - The Cruelty of Great Expectations

Source: Noizine

These guys are from northern Ireland and despite that they exist since 1998, “The Cruelty of Great Expectations” is their debut album. They play gothic/atmospheric metal with doom and death metal elements. Their influences seem to be Paradise Lost, Katatonia and Anathema mainly, mentioning the heaviness these bands used to have in their early releases. The compositions are fine and “catchy”, built around the clean vocals, which I personally find weak because I believe they need a better vocalist. Guitars and percussion are sometimes nice and smooth and they suddenly change into a heavy “Slayer” burst, which is really great. Most of the tracks are content and offering the same pleasure but two of them make the difference and actually awaking your emotions. I’m talking about “The Day We Lost Everything” and “Blame Corrupts”. Generally ,considering this as a debut album, it could be a good listening for northern metal fans.

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