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.

With a bass-happy mid-tempo sound and uniformly shortish lengths of between 3:30 and 4:20, the album features a couple of outstanding tracks. Chaos Internal is a terrific opener, featuring a clever guitar riff with a magnified impact due to an ever so slight delay from the drum/bass foundation. And right from the start, the bass of Johannes Olsson makes a statement of presence which is maintained throughout the album. Open Your Eyes is the other stand-out selection, a persistent yet simple guitar theme yielding to an Eminem-style piano theme,  a welcome touch of civilized originality providing the backdrop for Andreas Melberg's scratchy growl vocals.

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

Average: 7.60

Mixed by Johan Ornborg. Mastered by Christian Silver.
Recorded by Johan Ornborg, Christian Silver, Peter Tagtgren, and Andreas Melberg.

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