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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

More symphonic metel madness

In the last month or so I've been listening to the new albums from Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil. I've discovered both of these bands in the last year and subsequently realised that they are already massively popular just out of earshot, which is always mildly disappointing, but it hasn't stopped me enjoying their new efforts.

'The Heart of Everything' is Within Temptation's disc. It's really just more of the same stuff that was on 'The Silent Force' but that's no bad thing because that album was just brilliant. You couldn't complain if Leonardo suddenly appeared again and started doing his usual thing, and when these guys start screaming Latin at you and threatening a full choir with electric guitars you cant help but smile:

Lacuna Coil released 'Karmacode' as a way of hardening their sound, dangerously moving towards the mallcore mainstream. Risky it may have been, but it's paid off. Their previous albums were good, but they had a faint pub whiff about them, as if this was a great local band that you'd stumbled across in the Dog and Duck on a Friday night. With 'Karmacode' they achieve a more professional studio sound, and the harder rock sound really suits them (and look they even cover a depeche mode classic:)

Go on. Buy some symphonic metal greats - you know you want to.

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