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Sundown

Cemetary - Sundown ©1996 Black Mark
1. Elysia
2. Closer To The Pain
3. Last Transmission
4. Sundown
5. Ophidian
6. Primal
7. New Dawn Coming
8. The Embrace
9. Morningstar
10. The Wake

As the 90's wind towards the end and metal music continues its evolution, there are some interesting trends developing. All the second generation death bands have either fallen to the wayside or adapted. A couple cases in point: Sentenced and Cemetary, both of whom decided to lighten the growls up and find grooves. Cemetary has proven that indeed they are masters of writing heavy songs that rock. Compared to Godless Beauty, which showed a rougher Cemetary, Sundown is very refined. Mathias Lodmalm (guitar, piano, vocals) still retains a rough voice, but roughness is what made Clint Eastwood so defining in his area.

From the straight ahead groove of the album opener "Elysia" to the final "The Wake", the listener is held captivated in various moods. You might think "gothic" on occasion, but you also discover that the term is very limiting. While puritan death metal fans will gladly let Cemetary die (which apparently they did after recording Sundown), fans of a groovier sort of gloom will gladly accept this eulogy.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/1997

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Last Confessions

Cemetary - Last Confessions ©1997 Black Mark
1. Forever
2. Caress The Damned
3. So Sad Your Sorrow
4. 1213--Trancegalactica
5. Twin Reactor
6. Fields Of Fire
7. One Burning Night
8. Carbon Heart

From what I understand, this is the final Cemetary digging before Mathias Lodmalm takes his directions in the form of Sundown (which also has ex-Tiamat bassist Johnny Hagel on board). Short, and to the point, this album simply just rocks. There's none of the mournful, forlorn howls from the last record or any trace of death metal whatsoever. Instead, Cemetary combines just a hint of technology, some keyboards, and excellent rocking guitars to make the final Cemetary statement a simple and powerful one.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 09/1997

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