In Blackest Velvet


Edenflow

In Blackest Velvet - Edenflow ©2000 Prophecy Productions
1. Craving For The Dusk
2. Sylvan Sanctuary
3. Seeing Is Believing
4. Veiled In Amber Sunlight
5. Unleashed Powers
6. Losing My Religion
7. Driven Ashore
8. Fathomless
9. The Delightful Temptress
10. Tears Bleed Sweeter
11. In Blackest Velvet

Some things will never completely go out of style, regardless of saturation or redundancy within the scene. One of those things is the style of twin guitar melodic death metal that has mostly been tied into Sweden's metal scene. In Blackest Velvet actually is a German creation but their sound is definitely inspired and heavily entrenched in the style popularized by early In Flames. I'm sure you already are familiar with this formula: screeching vocalist with a rasp that is sure to ire throat specialists, two guitarists playing catchy, melodic riffs and leads, and a bevy of blast beats and speedy drumming patterns. And if you are familiar with this particular format of heavy metal music, then I'm sure you may very well have gotten your fill of it as well. In Blackest Velvet cannot be faulted on ability but they certainly can be faulted for simply renting space in a building erected by others. The ten originals are very predictable and do nothing that is going to make you rethink how you feel about the style. The cover of REM's "Losing My Religion" is liable to upturn your little frown for a moment, but it comes across as a gimmick to draw attention to their album in the first place.

I'll give In Blackest Velvet for having strong musicianship but this album suffers greatly from just being yet another contender in an already overcrowded field. There are certainly fans of melodic death metal out there who will greatly enjoy this album but outside of that realm Edenflow has little to offer that hasn't already been heard dozens of times before.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 01/2000

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