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Ablaze In Hatred : Desceptive Awareness

Finland's Ablaze in Hatred delivered a nice demo, 2005's '-Closure of Life-', and they've since been signed by Firedoom. 'Deceptive Awareness', from late 2006, is their debut album. It contains the three tracks from the demo, plus several new ones.

Actually, my opinion hasn't been changed much by this album, as both Ablaze in Hatred's strong and weak points have remained the same. The band plays quality, well produced death/doom at a slow, though not very, pace. The tracks are based around catchy, melancholic, yet relaxed melodies. 'When The Blackened Candles Shine' is still a stand out track, but the newer 'Ongoing Fall' also manages to please me a lot with its impressive theme and piano backing.

At the same time, I feel other tracks lack a bit of excitement here and there, and I still think Ablaze in Hatred lean a bit too much on the sound of other Scandinavian greats. This is something that could be improved.

Nevertheless, as a debuting band, Ablaze in Hatred can be proud, as this is a fine achievement. This is recommended to lovers of relaxing, dreamy doom.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Lost (The Overture)
2. When The Blackened Candles Shine
3. Howls Unknown
4. Constant Stillness
5. Ongoing Fall
6. To Breathe And To Suffocate
7. Closure Of Life

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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