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Swanlike - Dark Suns

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Genre: Rock - Progressive Rock / Artist: Dark Suns / Audio CD released 2003-02-24 at Voice of Life

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      21.06.2008 00:26
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      Dark Suns' first album (2002).

      This would be an exceptional album if it wasn't such an obvious Opeth knock-off. While imitation isn't necessarily a bad thing, the comparisons between Dark Suns' debut release and the more well-known progressive death metal works of Opeth are undeniable, just as undeniable as the fact that Opeth came first.

      As Opeth imitation goes, this is a remarkable effort, and at times it even stands up to the superior band's material, particularly the great song 'The Sun Beyond Your Eden' with its guitar riff that could easily be taken from Opeth's 'Still Life' or 'Deliverance.' But aside from this, comparison renders it all second-rate, the opening title track in particular being such an obvious copy-cat of Opeth's style note-for-note that it's almost shameful.

      The album's more impressive moments come in the atmospheric gothic spoken word piece 'Inside Final Dreams' that should please My Dying Bride fans, and the final 'bonus track' (that nevertheless seems to appear as standard on all versions), a fourteen-minute cur from one of their earlier releases that displays a much different and more effective doom metal style.

      1. Swanlike
      2. Infiltration
      3. The Sun Beyond Your Eden
      4. Virtuous Dilemma
      5. Inside Final Dreams
      6. The Neverending
      7. In Silent Harmony II (Instrumental)
      8. Suffering

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