|Cold Embrace's brilliant debut album 'Ode to Sorrow' was a hard act to follow, but the band has managed it successfully with 'Age of Doom'.|
Foregoing their harsh edge and leaning more towards epic doom, this album seems to be filled with something best described as "Battle doom metal". I'm not sure if Cold Embrace has any plans to become doom metal's very own Bal Sagoth, but this release is definitely a good attempt. But don't worry yet; the music is nowhere near as cheesy as Bal Sagoth. The tendency to write warrior lamentations does introduce a certain cheese factor. I must say it does not bother me at all, in fact I find it refreshing and like Cold Embrace even more for moving into this direction.
Fans of more traditional Doom will probably enjoy this album more then 'Ode to Sorrow' whereas a few death-doom fans might be put off a bit. This because of the now more often used clean vocals and the praise to Odin and such.
Absolute highlight of this album is the ode to Star Trek's Jadzia (Deep Space Nine). Despite the cheese rating shooting off the scale, the band actually pulls it off really well.
The only possible sour spot would be the lyrical content of the last, rather groovy track 'True Friends', which deals with sex a little too explicitly for some people. I've never been much for lyrics like "Suck my dick and lick" but each to their own. However, even with this slight hiccup in mind, I would still include this as one of the best albums of 2001.
1. Way Of The Warrior
Part I.: Viking Sworddance
Part II.: Sons Of Northern Shores
3. Empty Alleys
5. In Doom We Trust
6. March Of The Fallen
7. Mourning The Loss Of Jadzia
8. Age Of Doom
9. True Friends
Duration : Approx. 52 minutes
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