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Purgatory Afterglow - Edge Of Sanity

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death Metal / Artist: Edge Of Sanity / Audio CD released 2004-07-18 at Black Mark

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      01.07.2008 20:55
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      Edge of Sanity's fourth album (1994).

      'Purgatory Afterglow' had the potential to be a phenomenal classic of death metal, but sadly Dan Swanö and co. didn't always succeed in their experiments. Continuing the band's advancement towards a more commercially viable sound, this is truly one of the most approachable death metal albums I've ever heard, with songs such as the opener 'Twilight' in particular fusing solid death metal riffs with a catchy chorus and progressive sections, but too many songs fail to impress.

      Swanö's vocals are the most noticeable element here, for better and worse. His death metal vocals range from a low growl to a piercing shriek, the two alternating successfully in 'Of Darksome Origin,' but some of his 'clean' vocals are less well managed. The sung and spoken word sections of 'Twilight' work well, but the entirely sung 'Blood-Colored' is a mediocre attempt at death-influenced groove metal, while 'Black Tears' and 'Song of Sirens' respectively flirt with gothic metal and hardcore punk to irritating extents. There are some great ideas here, but too many negatives cancel them out.

      1. Twilight
      2. Of Darksome Origin
      3. Blood-Colored
      4. Silent
      5. Black Tears
      6. Elegy
      7. Velvet Dreams
      8. Enter Chaos
      9. The Sinner and the Sadness
      10. Song of Sirens

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Twilight
    2 Of Darksome Origin
    3 Blood-Colored
    4 Silent
    5 Black Tears
    6 Elegy
    7 Velvet Dreams
    8 Enter Chaos
    9 Sinner and the Sadness
    10 Song of Sirens