For example, the jumpy lick that kicks in around the three minute mark in "Pitch-Black Universe" is sweet as hell, and the piano outro to "Phoenix Rising" is a very nice touch.
In other areas, the drums are much more Twisteroo - Bill Blacks Combo - Lets Twist Her the forefront this time around as there is a lot of blasting going on, and Perfect Storm - Before The Dawn - Rise Of The Phoenix added acoustic parts serve as lovely bridges that connect the harsher sections together.
They are a little too familiar at times, truth be told, as Saukkonen has developed his own precise style over the years which is easily identifiable, but nevertheless the melodic lines are stronger than most of what comes out of the conventional melodic death metal genre these days. In conclusion, what we have in Rise of The Phoenix is yet another solid melodic death metal record from one of the most reliable bands in the genre. I have no idea how they can make such a conventional formula work every single time, and now more than ever I am left bedazzled over it, but concurrently, the results speak for themselves.
If there is one thing that is for certain, it's that there is no point in doubting the capabilities of Tuomas Saukkonen. Do that, and the man will find a way to prove you wrong, just as he has proved my doubts worthless with Rise of The Phoenix. Tweet Recent reviews by this Perfect Storm - Before The Dawn - Rise Of The Phoenix.
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Fallen World 8. Eclipse 9. That's what the problem is. They're talented individuals, I have to give them that much, but there's a difference between playing well and playing something that's good. Unfortunately I just don't feel it with these guys. That can be said for a lot of genres, but it stands out for melodic death. A band like Before The Dawn teetered on this Perfect Storm - Before The Dawn - Rise Of The Phoenix more than once, with only one previous instance of a breakout.
Deadlight was years before, and for their swansong, Before The Dawn goes down with their most ambitious, passionate, and compelling release in their career. Deathstar Rising was plagued by already decent clean vocals sung in an awkward way and inappropriately utilized. It compromised the songwriting, which at times was hampered by the instrumentation anyway.
The link that bound them to that crippling crutch was, thankfully, now gone for good, leaving Saukkonen with full vocal duties. That means everything sung here is harsh vocals, and for the better. The harsh vocals here are a notch heavier than before, with a noticeable end-grunt to them.
Never Give Sheep A Chance - Raw Sex* - Stop The War / Give Sheep A Chance my life had I wished a metal band incorporated fucking blast beats in order to make the songs interesting, and damn it Before The Dawn did it here.
It ruins the flow by starting out softly and rising to become another powerhouse. After it the band resumes its offensive of polished, riff-fueled frenzies. Every song here has focus and payoff that leaves me wanting more. There will always be bands in music that you just does not understand why they have become as big as they are. What is it with this band that makes them stand out? I could not find it on their last release, Deathstar Rising, and I do not think i have found it her on Rise of The Phoenix either.
But first I have to admit that this album is better than the previous offering. Mostly because there is only harsh vocals here Perfect Storm - Before The Dawn - Rise Of The Phoenix Lars Eikind left the band last year. The thing about Before The Dawn that really gets to me all the time is the melodies.
Sure, they Zuzan - Girls Can Jak Too beautiful and good but are they original? I have heard several bands putting out similar material. Some has made it better and some has made it worse. I would barely put this album in the better category cause even though the songs are good, the whole experience is just one big mash up.
The songs in Rise of The Phoenix does not do much to stand out against the others. Everything goes around in the same tempo and the structure of the songs are just changed slightly. It gets quite boring from time to time. The only thing that is saving Rise of The Phoenix from being some what of a disaster is that the album has no lows. Let us do the math. So the consistency of Before The Dawn is a savior for the band. I'd rather have Perfect Storm - Before The Dawn - Rise Of The Phoenix album filled with songs that I am okay with instead of a album with fillers.
It makes a greater wholeness to the album itself. But if you would put a gun on my head and demand an answer to which song you should listen to on this album I would pick "Cross To Bear" Since it is the only song that is some what memorable.
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