|Being fronted by ex-Anathema vocalist Darren White and I believe also having 2 ex-Cradle of Filth members in their line up The Blood Divine were almost destined to make great music. 'Awaken' is a brilliant debut by this rather short-lived band.|
The music is oozing with warmth and emotions. Darren White's vocals sound better than they ever did with Anathema and the music also seems to fit his voice better. One could call this a mix between more traditional heavy metal and doom-metal I guess. The music is a lot groovier then you normally would expect from a doom-metal album. The album is wonderful to listen to on a hot summer day when it is raining (perhaps this is why the last track is also titled 'Warm Summer Rain'?).
Tracks like 'These Deepest Feelings', 'Aureole', 'Oceans Rise' and 'Artemis' are emotional highlights. Two tracks feature the female vocals of Ruth: the earlier named 'These Deepest Feelings' and 'Warm Summer Rain'. However personally I am not that wild about her voice on that last track.
1. So Serene
2. Moonlight Adorns
3. Visions (of A Post-Apocalyptic World): Part I
5. These Deepest Feelings
7. Oceans Rise
9. In Crimson Dreams
10. Heart of Ebony
11. Warm Summer Rain
Duration : Approx. 52 minutes
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