Anaemia - The Second Incarnation
This is an interesting band. They mix several styles, but they don't really sound like anyone else out there (that I've heard). Anaemia mixes a little death metal, a little thrash, a little doom, and some folk influences to create a creative and very enjoyable album. The vocals are very similar to Mortification's current style, but much better than Steve Rowe's vocals. They definitely don't sound like a copy. They mix it up some and even throw in the occasional death growl, like in the song "As Darkness Falls." Another good thing about this album are the many quality guitar solos. You don't hear very many solos these days, but Anaemia gives you plenty, like the great ones in the songs "The Second Incarnation" and "By Nothingness Embraced." The lyrics on this album are definitely worth checking out. Very well done and very Christ-centered. The packaging is also extremely well done. The CD comes in a fancy digipak with great artwork that perfectly sets the mood for the music that is inside. My biggest complaint is that sometimes the album seems to lose my interest. It's not that the songs all sound the same, but they sound better by themselves. For example, I might love one song by itself, but sandwiched in-between two other songs, it just loses something. Other than that, there's not much to complain about with this release. Endtime Productions has picked up a great band here.
Review By: Matt Morrow
Label: Endtime Productions
Total Songs: 9
Total Time: 47:03
Tracklisting: 1. The Second Incarnation, 2. Enter the Illusion, 3. As Darkness Falls, 4. Beyond the Death, 5. Beneath the Sun, 6. Your Soul Denied, 7. To Bleed, 8. Abstract Pain (Nocta Ignorantia), 9. By Nothingness Embraced.
Best Songs: Tracks 4, 5, and 9.
Band Lineup: Chriss Sundqvist - Guitars, Tobias Ogenblad - Drums, Kim Stranne - Vocals, Martin Svensson - Bass (Live).
Band Website: http://www.durling.com/anaemia