Dogma (Napalm Records)
When I first heard the genre term dark metal, I wasn’t really sure of what to expect. Maybe a black metal/gothic blend of music. Instead, I guess you can classify dark metal as a blend of gothic/symphonic heavy metal with evil and menacing black metal-style vocals. Overall, this isn’t a bad genre and I’m now a fan of something new.
I only wish I could understand the lyrics, but the opening track “Dogma” is a good sneak peek as to what the album itself holds in store. After a more uplifting symphonic opening, it gets more gloomy when Askeroth starts with a truly evil sounding line. The music has a deep and somber overtone, but I feel that the symphonic elements don’t exactly match the core of the band. That doesn’t mean that it’s bad in any way, but it’s a lot different than what’s out there today.
With a much bigger atmosphere than the previous track, “Der Weg Ist Das Ziel” is slightly slower to allow more room for the orchestral elements to shine forth beyond the guitars and drums. It’s got some catchy guitar riffs that are pretty dang heavy, but not a whole lot of progression to be heard. Askeroth has such excellent shrieks and screams that serves as the strongest point of this band by far.
Going for a more synthy approach, “Mordlust” has a lot of it compared to the other tracks. The vocals are also stepped up with this track as well. They are belted out faster than the tracks preceding this one. The orchestral elements are almost non-existent in this track, which proves to be a welcome change of pace. It’s my personal favorite on the album.
This album is for anyone that is open minded to a lot of different genres to mix together. Not for the faint of heart.
by Ridge “Deadite” Briel