Monday, 28 October 2013
CD Review: A Darker Kind Of Salvation, by Closer (2008)
On their debut record A Darker Kind Of Salvation, Sweden's Closer don't necessarily add too much that is new to the melodic death metal genre, but they do what they do reasonably well.
There are other interesting, if less impressive, songs on the album. Title track A Darker Kind Of Salvation finds a deliberate trudge towards some kind of salvation, intermittently riding on the fastest horse on the CD. Hell Is Where The Heart Is cranks up the originality dial a notch to build its case on a surf dance ethos straight out of the 1960s.
The one notable misstep is This Hate, the shout-from-the-rooftops clean vocals and too-simplistic melody managing to undermine the good work of the rest of the band.
A Darker Kind Of Salvation is a solid, evolutionary rather than revolutionary, contribution.
Andreas Melberg - Vocals
Per Bergquist - Guitar, Melodic Vocals
Tobias Persson -Drums
Johannes Olsson - Bass
Jonas Skoog - Guitar
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Chaos Internal - 10
2. It Dwells In Darkness - 7
3. A Darker Kind Of Salvation - 8
4. Open Your Eyes - 9
5. What Am I? - 7
6. Caressing The Insane - 7
7. Places Of Pain - 7
8. This Hate - 6
9. Hell Is Where The Heart Is - 8
10. Shelter From It - 7
Mixed by Johan Ornborg. Mastered by Christian Silver.
Recorded by Johan Ornborg, Christian Silver, Peter Tagtgren, and Andreas Melberg.
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