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Unorthodox - 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 19:04
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      Edge of Sanity's second album (1992).

      Edge of Sanity's second album defines them as a serious force to be reckoned with in the burgeoning Swedish death metal scene, a dense and impressive album that could accurately be defined as one of the first progressive death metal releases. While the majority of songs follow a similar pattern of alternating fast and slow sections, several seek to expand the genre beyond its original foundations, and succeed more coherently than in the band's later, more desperately experimental releases. The music is still guitar-based at this point, without resorting to gimmicks.

      The song 'Enigma' will be of principal interest to those approaching Edge of Sanity for their experimental side, a long song of many distinct movements that opens with a brief cello section and even features the album's only instance of clean singing, at the time a radical notion for death metal. The guitar riffs here and elsewhere are exceptional without showing off, concentrating on slow and steady melodies that are catchy and memorable, while other songs such as 'Everlasting' take a more subtle approach in layering the guitars.

      An unusual problem is that there are arguably a few too many songs here to allow for a casual listen, but the album retains interest throughout, with the slow, crunchy and genuinely nasty sound of 'Nocturnal' and the emphasis on melody in the final two songs. And whenever a sprawling death metal epic threatens to try the listener's patience, as may be the case with track two, you can rely on it being followed up with a reactionary simplistic piece such as 'Incipience to the Butchery.'

      1. The Unorthodox
      2. Enigma (The Blessing - Celestial Dissension - The Loss of Hallowed Life)
      3. Incipience to the Butchery
      4. In the Veins / Darker Than Black
      5. Everlasting (Epidemic Reign, Part III)
      6. After Afterlife
      7. Beyond the Unknown
      8. Nocturnal
      9. A Curfew for the Damned (...Blind Belief)
      10. Cold Sun (Epidemic Reign, Part IV)
      11. The Day of Maturity
      12. Requiscon By Pace
      13. Dead But Dreaming
      14. When All Is Said


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Unorthodox
      2 Enigma
      3 Incipience To The Butchery
      4 In The Veins/Darker Than Black
      5 Human Aberration
      6 Everlasting
      7 After Afterlife
      8 Beyond The Unknown
      9 Nocturnal
      10 Curfew For The Damned
      11 Cold Sun
      12 Day Of Maturity
      13 Requiscon By Page
      14 Dead But Dreaming
      15 When All Is Said

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