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Wedding in Hades : Elements of Disorder

[Note by the Admin.: The album 'Elements of Disorder' of Wedding in Hades has been officially re-released and re-mastered by Solitude Production under its subsidiary label BadMoodMan Music in 2010, one year after the self-release of the exact same album by the band it-self; therefore, this review is practically the same for both albums.]

Last time I had reviewed Wedding In Hades, it was with the release of their first demo. The young band was playing a rather classic style of Doom/Death, with influences from the Peaceville Three, but never going into simply copying any of those bands. For Wedding In Hades was already a band with a personality and a vision.

Come today the first album, and what do we have? Still the traditional Doom/Death sound, but even more innovation. For Wedding In Hades isn't afraid to experiment and surprises are numerous over the course of the record. Take the opening, 'Sacrifice': classic mournful intro, heavy on keyboards, followed immediately by the first track, 'Safety'... which starts as a pure Melodic Death metal piece like Dark Tranquillity was doing back then in 1995. But with a sorrowful bridge in the pure early Katatonia style. Another one in this style, but sporting also some cleverly used keyboards, is 'A Dark Sea (Signaculum Domini)', which is the prerfect mix of 'The Red In The Sky Is Ours' and 'The Silent Enigma'.

Katatonia is also hailed in the very melodic solos, reminding me a bit of 'Discouraged Ones', and in the clean vocals (especially on the very good song 'Doomed'). Elsewhere, you'll find pieces of mid-period Amorphis or Type O Negative ('Widow'), and even a bit of female vocals. It's difficult to find any weak song here, and the sound is worthy of a professional release [Note by the Admin: this remark applies to the self-released version of the album, of course.] But what struck me the most was the same point as their demo: Despite the fact that you can really hear what are the band influences, this album never sound like a bland copy. Wedding in Hades have managed to find their own identity, and in the very crowded place that is the Doom/Death scene, this is a good point.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sacrifice
2. Safety
3. As You Die
4. Centuries of Men
5. Widow
6. Doomed
7. A Dark Sea (Signaculum Domini)
8. The Wise

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the Wedding in Hades bandpage.

Reviewed on 07-04-2010 by Laurent Lignon
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