Ablaze My Sorrow

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Ablaze My Sorrow - The Plague ©1997 House of Kicks
1. Dusk...
2. The Truth Is Sold
3. Into The Land Of Dreams
4. Mournful Serenade
5. The Return Of The Mighty Raven
6. I Will Be Your God
7. Plague Of Mine
8. As The Dove Falls Torn Apart
9. Suicide
10. ...Dawn

Ablaze My Sorrow is yet another one of those melodo-deathy Swedish metal bands who dwell in the same territory as In Flames, older Dark Tranquillity and countless others who decided playing nice snappy leads over crunchy riffs with a screaming young lad on vocals was musically the way to go in life. This is not to say Ablaze My Sorrow is lacking in talent or enthusiasm, but if you have happened to have heard at least ten other bands who fall into this style, chances are Ablaze My Sorrow is going to sound redundant. You are guaranteed to hear dozens of neat little guitar riffs in this album but at the same time you'll be thinking to yourself, "My stars, didn't someone else already do this?" Meanwhile, the vocalist screams and howls on like the second stringer for At the Gates throughout the entire album, not giving into the notion that dynamics could be interesting in the vocal department. In the end, what you get is a commonplace, everyday metal album that could be construed as good, at least technically, but considering the absolute abundance of bands playing this style, comes off as just another enthusiastic but unnecessary practitioner of an already overcrowded style. Maybe you can't get enough of this sound. I certainly can.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2000

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Anger, Hate And Fury

Ablaze My Sorrow - Anger, Hate And Fury ©2002 No Fashion Records
1. Erased / Relived
2. Suicidal
3. Where The Strong Live Forever
4. Machine Supreme
5. Paradies
6. Retention of Illusion
7. Thou Shalt Forever Suffer
8. Shrouded Are The Pleasures Of Flesh
9. Heartless
10. Slit Wide Open
11. Ad Libitium

Ablaze My Sorrow were among the many melodic death metal bands (of the Swedish variety) that were releasing boatloads of albums around the turn of the century. They managed to produce a trio of releases and very likely are one of those bands that is almost entirely forgotten. As I go through old releases to continue filling in gaps for this website, it's interesting to revisit albums that, circa 1999, I might have loved, but now find to be pedestrian at best. Yes, I'm fully aware that this album was released three years after that date, but it certainly would have had a much greater impact had they managed to write it earlier in their existence. Anger, Hate and Fury is probably the best of the three full lengths this band released, but considering this style has long been dominated by the likes of Amon Amarth, Soilwork, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, it must have been pretty tough for a more obscure act to break through. During the peak of this style's popularity, fans had to wade through so many bands to find the cream of the crop. Names that are likely forgotten now pop to mind: Callenish Circle, Night In Gales, Gardenian...no doubt you might remember a few mostly forgotten acts that faded away.

While Anger, Hate and Fury is not too far off from the territory Soilwork established around The Chainheart Machine, it definitely sounds dated a decade after its release. Their style tended to stick to the faster approach, with more blast beat types of rhythms (though obviously not the sheer over the top methodology of grindcore acts). The vocals are the barked variety, forsaking most melodicism, which instead can be found in the guitar lines. Of course, most devoted metal fans have already seen this movie before and heard this particular soundtrack dozens of times. Those who couldn't get enough of this style may find a reasonable amount to enjoy in songs like "Paradies" or "Shrouded Are The Pleasures Of Flesh". But for those of us with an extensive background in listening to this music (and reviewed a smidge too many promos back in the day) will find this album to ultimately fall short of being anything but moderately average. It isn't surprising that Ablaze My Sorrow vanished after this effort (a 2009 EP not withstanding). The melodic death metal style was quickly running its course by 2002 and this album was merely a blip on the screen.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/2012

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