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Abstrakt Algebra : Abstrakt Algebra

All traditional doom fans should have at least heard of the band Candlemass. To most of them the name of their frontman, Leif Edling, should ring a bell. Along with the old Candlemass drummer, Jejo Perkovic, Mikael Wikstr÷m, famous from The Haunted, Merciful Fate and Memento Mori, and Mats Leven who still plays with Leif in the band Krux - they form the band Abstrakt Algebra.

With many famous and professional musicians in the line-up, there's bound to be high expectations for the music. But that's not really a problem as I cannot point out a single unwanted spot on the CD. Sure, it's not Candlemass, but that's basically because this is a different kind of traditional doom.

So what can you expect? Well, expect a lot of riffage in Leif's famous style and his equally famous vocals. Epic keyboards and quite a few power metal influences mix the Candlemass influence with a more modern sound. Those who have heard Krux should know what I'm talking about.

Actually Krux seems to be the continuation of the sound on this album. There are five years between the two bands, but the sound hasn't changed too much. The most important change is the fact that Abstrakt Algebra is way more experimental than Krux. The best example of this is the funeral-paced song, 'April Clouds', which has a massive organ playing in it which makes it sound quite a lot like Panthe´st.

I would recommend this album to all traditional doom fans who don't just want doom rock, but fans of Krux and Leif Edling in general, should be on the lookout for this one.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Stigmata
2. Shadowplay
3. Nameless
4. Abstrakt Algebra
5. Bitter Root
6. April Clouds
7. Vanishing Man
8. Who What Where When

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

Visit the Abstrakt Algebra bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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