Avatarium - Avatarium


8.5 | 215 votes |
Release date: 1 November 2013
Style: Doom metal

Owners:

185 have it
24 want it


01. Moonhorse
02. Pandora's Egg
03. Avatarium
04. Boneflower
05. Bird Of Prey
06. Tides Of Telepathy
07. Lady In The Lamp

Top 20 albums of 2013: 8

Line-up
Jennie-Ann Smith - vocals
Carl Westholm - keyboards
Marcus Jidell - guitars, piano, cello, additional keyboards
Lars Sköld - drums
Leif Edling - bass

Additional info
Produced by Avatarium.

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
8.2
Clearly Avatarium understand the meaning of "catchy doom."

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published 10.01.2014 | Comments (25)

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20.11.2013 - 01:55
Rating: 10
Rulatore
YAY
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24.11.2013 - 18:07
Rating: 8
Daniell
_爱情_
This is actually a good album. Leif Edling never seems to be out of ideas for good riffs. The singer is adept too.
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Suffocation - Your Last Breaths
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27.11.2013 - 18:16
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
Beautiful vocals, epic atmosphere, powerfully heavy rhythm section and a collection of extremely well-written songs. That's essentially what Avatarium's self-titled album is made up of, and then some. Seriously though, this really has impressed me time and again with near enough every single song. The title track is ambitious, 'Bird of prey' is enchanting and 'Pandora's egg' has some of the best solos in a Doom Metal album I've heard this year. The vocals are luscious, hypnotic and certainly never take away from the overall quality of the album, and together with brilliant instrumentation this whole album is near enough flawless. The only thing that I can think of disliking slightly is that some of the solos are less effective than others, but that's not saying much at all.
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05.12.2013 - 17:53
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
I wasn't expecting this...I want it now.
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26.12.2013 - 01:37
Rating: 8
Erik M.
Written by LeKiwi on 05.12.2013 at 17:53

I wasn't expecting this...I want it now.


The prog-lover is into traditional doom like this? That's a pleasant surprise.

Great album. Even though the music isn't anything mind-blowing it's still solid doom and the (very good) female vocals make this a refreshing album for sure.
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27.12.2013 - 19:34
Rating: 8
Lethrokai
Written by Erik M. on 26.12.2013 at 01:37

Written by LeKiwi on 05.12.2013 at 17:53

I wasn't expecting this...I want it now.


The prog-lover is into traditional doom like this? That's a pleasant surprise.

Great album. Even though the music isn't anything mind-blowing it's still solid doom and the (very good) female vocals make this a refreshing album for sure.


That makes two of us prog-lovers. I think you hit the nail on the head with the word refreshing; the vocals are exactly why I'm really digging this right now. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for these guys.
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Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
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04.01.2014 - 22:21
Rating: 9
PocketMetal
This is really amazing , I love the music but the lyrics and the vocal melodies are superb here.
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21.01.2014 - 01:40
Rating: 10
theembryo
An absolute favourite among the 2013 releases - Doom rules supreme in this one!!
After what seems like several hundred listenings, I must upgrade my vote - the relatively rare 10, I can't find anything that's not superb about this release. Except it's not long enough!!!!
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30.01.2014 - 21:13
Rating: 10
Vonpire
WoW !

Hooked from first listen.

Really good stuff!
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Beware the Shadows of Dusk
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23.02.2014 - 15:52
Rating: 8
Warman
Erotic Stains
This is simply great.
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15.03.2014 - 21:07
Night Sight
Best debut album this year
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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26.06.2014 - 05:44
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
First of all, even if I didn't know that Avatarium is a new project of Leif Edling, I would still recognize his unmistakable songwriting. Still, it's not like the other musicians didn't contribute - on the contrary, the vocals are charming, even if unusual for this kind of music, the guitar riffs are heavy as Hell itself and solos are enchanting, the drums are solid through and through and Carl Westholm did a good job with his keyboards, as usual, providing a proper ambiance and atmosphere.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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26.06.2014 - 10:20
Rating: 9
yeah1980
This was a very very nice surprise!
I first listened to the EP "Moonrose", and that was simply perfect.
Then i bought this album, I'm not much into the doom scene, but this is really without flaws to me, I enjoy everything in it.
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"Be water, my friend" (Bruce Lee)
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01.10.2014 - 16:53
Rating: 7
JayMo4
It's strange to me how popular this is. The music is solid but unspectacular, and then the vocals seem out of place... almost as if two styles are being forced together in spots, rather than complimenting each other the way they sometimes can when this sort of thing is executed better. Just as I'm about to be drawn in by the doom and atmosphere, in come these soft, bland vocals to sap all the energy and emotion out of the mood.

It's not a bad album at all.... But when I saw this was rated #2 overall for 2013 I couldn't figure out how.
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11.02.2015 - 15:18
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Well.
I'm so late listening to this album. But I find this is almost average.
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11.02.2015 - 15:41
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Paw!! on 11.02.2015 at 15:18

... But I find this is almost average.


Yet you rate it an 8.
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11.02.2015 - 15:53
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.02.2015 at 15:41

Written by Paw!! on 11.02.2015 at 15:18

... But I find this is almost average.


Yet you rate it an 8.

'almost average' Marcel i mean, I almost rate it 7 because I like Moonhorse so I rate 8
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11.02.2015 - 15:55
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Paw!! on 11.02.2015 at 15:53

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.02.2015 at 15:41

Written by Paw!! on 11.02.2015 at 15:18

... But I find this is almost average.


Yet you rate it an 8.

'almost average' Marcel i mean, I almost rate it 7 because I like Moonhorse so I rate 8



and 7 still means it's good and not average 6 would mean average.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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11.02.2015 - 15:56
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.02.2015 at 15:55

Written by Paw!! on 11.02.2015 at 15:53

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.02.2015 at 15:41

Written by Paw!! on 11.02.2015 at 15:18

... But I find this is almost average.


Yet you rate it an 8.

'almost average' Marcel i mean, I almost rate it 7 because I like Moonhorse so I rate 8



and 7 still means it's good and not average 6 would mean average.

sorry sorry lol. my fault yeah you're right
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12.05.2015 - 20:00
Rating: 8
me<3mertl
It starts out really good but gets more and more boring towards the end.
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12.05.2015 - 20:01
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by me<3mertl on 12.05.2015 at 20:00

It starts out really good but gets more and more boring towards the end.



Lady In The Lamp boring? wtf? Pure Rainbow worship going on there and awesome at that too.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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12.05.2015 - 20:12
Rating: 8
me<3mertl
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.05.2015 at 20:01

Written by me<3mertl on 12.05.2015 at 20:00

It starts out really good but gets more and more boring towards the end.



Lady In The Lamp boring? wtf? Pure Rainbow worship going on there and awesome at that too.

If you listen to the whole thing at once it starts to get more and more predictable. I can't say I enjoyed the last 3 songs too much.
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12.05.2015 - 21:09
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by me<3mertl on 12.05.2015 at 20:12


If you listen to the whole thing at once it starts to get more and more predictable. I can't say I enjoyed the last 3 songs too much.


Birds Of Prey and Tides Of Telepathy are indeed the weakest of the album but I regard Lady In The Lamp as the strongest track.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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12.05.2015 - 21:18
Rating: 8
Warman
Erotic Stains
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.05.2015 at 21:09

I regard Lady In The Lamp as the strongest track.

Same here. Beautiful track.
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12.05.2015 - 22:10
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Warman on 12.05.2015 at 21:18

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.05.2015 at 21:09

I regard Lady In The Lamp as the strongest track.

Same here. Beautiful track.



Whereas I think that Lady IN The Lamp is the best track their most beautiful would be Moonhorse for me.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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27.03.2016 - 15:11
Bad English
Masterchief
Moonshourse is great song from lyrical, deep and poetic lyrics, you don't hear such songs today, seems band just write something.
Lady In a lamp is good song a bit ''ballad'' if we can say so
Boneflower is also great and strong song
Rest of songs are strong to
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