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Cemetary : Black Vanity

Cemetary's third album is the predecessor to 'Sundown'. As such, the difference between both albums is not that strong. Cemetary stands for mid-paced, riff oriented doomy metal, with slight resemblances to Paradise Lost ('Draconian Times' era) and sometimes to Darren White's vocals.

The first few songs sound as if they could have been on the later Cemetary albums too, but after those, there are some more experimental songs, like 'Black Flowers of Passion', which could have been a track from Evereve, or 'Sweet Tragedy' (including a bass solo!) and not to forget the final song 'Rosemary Taste the Sky' which is almost traditional doom, including groovy riffing.

The guitar riffing is one of the major pluspoints of this album. Cemetary knows how to get one riff going when another one is slowly fading away beneath it. With the dialogues between the two guitars, and even more so, when both of them are playing together, you can feel the magic. But it is only with the next album 'Sundown' that this magic is approaching perfection.

This is certainly an album to check out if you like bittersweet mid-paced doomy and melancholic music with great songwriting. And if you don't like the album, you can still use the disc as a mirror.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Bitter Seed
2. Ebony Rain
3. Hunger of the Innocent
4. Scarecrow
5. Black Flowers of Passion
6. Last Departure/Serpentine Parade
7. Sweet Tragedy
8. Pale Autumn Fire
9. Out in Sand
10. Rosemary Taste the Sky

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
Aesthetic Death
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