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Cold Embrace : Ode To Sorrow

Sometimes things are really unfair in the music business and Cold Embrace is one of the best examples of this. This is a very talented German doom act which has been completely ignored!

Cold Embrace is the first doom act in years to really surprise me. I find it hard to sum this band's sound up in so few words. Whilst on the one hand their influences are clear and give some easy reference points they always manage to keep it fresh and avoid falling into the clone vat.

Cold Embrace has sought to mix styles from almost all corners of doom metal. They combine the harsh elements of acts such as Winter, with the epic traits of Candlemass and other such bands, as well as incorporating funeral elements characteristic of Evoken and the like. Mixing these styles creates something with I can best describe as epic lamentations of pure sorrow. As such this album truly is an 'Ode to Sorrow'. It is also comforting to find a band that doesn't shy at mixing slow unrelenting death/doom (complete with grunts) with more groovy and epic traditional doom (with clean vocals). Cold Embrace walks countless paths simultaneously and as such forges its own highly original style.

Whether you are into Winter, Thergothon, Candlemass or St. Vitus you need to check this band out. Definitely the best thing I've heard in a long time.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Salvation
2. Gathering of Shadows
3. Godforsaken
4. Senseless
5. Nothing Remains
6. Lost
7. Memories

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

Visit the Cold Embrace bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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