Sunday, October 23, 2011

Crematory/Black Pearls Greatest Hits/Massacre Records/2011 CD Review

Crematory are a band from Germany that has been around for over 20 years and has also had their previous album reviewed and has been interviewed by this zine as well, that plays a style that mixes doom, death and gothic metal together and this is a review of their 2010 compilation album "Black Pearls Greatest Hits" which was released by Massacre Records.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced playing with not alot of fast drumming or blast beats mixed in with some drum programming, while the keyboards have a very psychedelic, etherial and atmospheric feel to them that also at times have an industrial edge and some ocasional piano parts, as for the bass playing it has a very dark  and heavy feel which seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and on some songs they sound very powerful.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced riffs that combine death, doom and gothic metal together, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos that sound very doomy at times, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized they bring a very tragic sound to the music.

Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls with some clean singing male and female vocals, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of German and English and cover poetic and depressing thems, as for the production it has a very heavy and professional sound.

In my opinion this is a great compilation album from Crematory which covers their long history, and if you are  a fan of this band, you should get this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tears Of Time" "Shadow Of Mine" "I Never Die" and "In My Hands". RECEMMONDED BUY

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