ALGHAZANTH - Wreath Of Thevetat

Alghazanth - Wreath Of Thevetat

8 songs
48:23 minutes
***** ***
Woodcut

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Active for thirteen years already, the melodic black metal band Alghazanth releases their fifth CD Wreath Of Thevetat. Staying true to their roots, the Finns play keyboard-heavy music as has already been practiced by the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Cradle Of Filth more than a decade ago. These comparisons may not be overly original, but give a precise picture nonetheless.

Although not trying new paths, Alghazanth convince with their songwriting. They use more or less the same recipes over and over again, but the quick pace and mood changes are arranged intelligently. The band switches between fast, symphonic, epic, melodic and aggressive parts, which gives the album the necessary suspense. Additional melancholy is guaranteed with violin samples on the The Phosphocrescent and spoken word vocals on Future Made Flesh. Those who like it a little faster will get hooked on The Things To Come and Twice-Born. The keyboards have on all the songs an important, yet not always dominating presence, and you will look in vain for kitsch moments. The production could have been more imposing, to give the sound more power.

Alghazanth succeeded in combining grand melodies with gloomy moods, making Wreath Of Thevetat a must-have for friends of symphonic black metal. They are definitely not reinventing the wheel, but they are one of the better genre bands and deserve respect as they do their thing uncompromisingly.

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