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Syrach : Days Of Wrath

In the making of this album, Syrach has enlisted several different helpers from various sources. Amongst them is Aaron Stainthorpe, famous as the My Dying Bride vocalist, who made the cover artwork. Then there is the clean female vocals that appear on 'Semper Ardens' (latin: "eternal fire"), 'The Firm Grip Of Death' and 'The Twilight Enigma'. They are sung by Silje Wergeland from the Norwegian gothic metal band Octavia Sperati. Grutle Kjellson, from the viking/black metal band Enslaved, appears on 'A Death Tear' and two of the three producers also come from the same band. The final appearances are Bjørnar E. Nilsen, which I know little about, and Yoko Homo from Murder Mile, a british punk rock band. When keeping all of these guest appearances in mind, it's actually quite surprising that the only one that's actually noticable in the music is the presence of Silje Wergeland.

Syrach has always been considered to be on the original side of doom/death. While not their most original work, 'Days Of Wrath' still keeps true to that tradition. Neither is it really experimental, but the tracks can differ quite a bit from beginning to end. The individual variations fit very well with the overall track. The fact that the band manages to keep a unified darkened aura throughout the album make the variations subtle and you will likely have to listen actively to notice it. Genrewise they're a blackened doom/death band that lie somewhere in the middle between the melodic and the raw side. Some similarities to the old My Dying Bride can be heard, but mostly it's quite hard to compare Syrach to anyone.

One of the things I like best about this album is the ability to combine advanced guitarplay with a doomy yet aggressive aura and generally slow headbanging. At the same time it also manages to have both sections with nice melodies and brutality without making the music unbalanced. If anyone wants a doom/death album that will give you these things then I'd recommend that you have a taste of this. The music might demand a bit from you, but it's worth the experience.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
I. Are You Able To Breathe Fire?
II. Semper Ardens
III. The Firm Grip Of Death
IV. Stigma Diabolicum
V. Come Daemons
VI. Nine Fallen Men
VII. A Death Tear
VIII. The Twilight Enigma

Duration : Approx. 64 minutes

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Reviewed on 28-09-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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