Rating:
7.6
Nightfall - Cassiopeia
18 January 2013


01. Phaethon
02. Oberon & Titania
03. Colonize Cultures
04. The Nightwatch
05. Stellar Parallax
06. Hubris
07. The Reptile Gods
08. Hyperion
09. Akhenaton, The 9th Pharaoh Of The 18th Dynasty
10. The Sand Reckoner
11. Astropolis


Greeks have always had a fascination with the stars. Their ancient forebears glanced up at the night sky and decided upon themselves to give names derived from their mythological traditions to the constellations that they observed. One such name which remains with us today is Cassiopeia who was also a particularly self absorbed queen in Greek mythology. Melodic death outfit Nightfall's latest release, and second since their reformation in 2010, lyrically hinges on human arrogance and such conceited nature as that of queen Cassiopeia, which earned her a position over our heads as a constant reminder of our own vanity.

Constant is just the way to describe Cassiopeia. The album is of a strong and insistent stride which never recedes or falters, offering an unwavering sequence of melodies. What makes it particularly stellar is the range and clarity of the constituent stars within the constellation. Black, gothic and melodic death elements are firmly entrenched within each track and all are held together in their celestial positioning by a general, if a little understated, symphonic backdrop.

This is an album which might require a few readjustments of your telescope before you can see it at its clearest. Repeated listens offer the reward of coalescence of all identifiable genre specific elements integrated into the experience. The death growls add temper to the melodically accentuated mix of black and death metal guitar work placed to the fore over the gothic and symphonic sensibilities.

Some of these elements receive emphasis in tracks such as the stomp of "Hubris" which receives quick tempo shifts into symphonic black territory. The bold "Oberon & Titania" and album standard "Hyperion" reveals the overall incorporation of a Viking metal appreciation not dissimilar to that of genre compatriots Amon Amarth. As the particular genre specific emphases arise some of the stars within this constellation shine more brilliantly than others. The best material is to be found closer to the end of the record with the tighter amalgamation of elements taking place in tracks like "Akhenaton, the 9th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty" and "The Sand Reckoner."

However, Cassiopeia doesn't quite reach any unassailable heights and more or less bears a consistent if unvaried flow. Its predecessor Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants, while not being as of dense a sound as is the case with Cassiopeia, was more fluid in its blending of melodies to the more prominent and integral symphonic aspect. As such it held more of a resemblance to the sound of Greek brethren Septicflesh and the influence is less obvious in Cassiopeia as a result.

As a whole the album is not of the surprising kind but of one which gradually reveals its rigid mixing of genres which are well connected to a densely composed melodic death frame.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 8
Production: 7


Band profile: Nightfall
Album: Cassiopeia


 



Written on 29.01.2013 by
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euronymous - 29.01.2013 at 14:35  
Are you deaf you can't hear the epicness of music ?
R'Vannith - 30.01.2013 at 01:05  
Written by euronymous on 29.01.2013 at 14:35

Are you deaf you can't hear the epicness of music ?


Deaf as a post, so I thought reviewing music would be a good idea. Though I never denied the album's "epicness."
euronymous - 30.01.2013 at 01:19  
Written by R'Vannith on 30.01.2013 at 01:05

Written by euronymous on 29.01.2013 at 14:35

Are you deaf you can't hear the epicness of music ?


Deaf as a post, so I thought reviewing music would be a good idea. Though I never denied the album's "epicness."


amazing post for this only i forgive you the low rate. But sorry i have to put your name in my files of informations
Rodney - 30.01.2013 at 04:18  
Written by euronymous on 30.01.2013 at 01:19


my files of informations


R'Vannith - 30.01.2013 at 04:53  
Written by Rodney on 30.01.2013 at 04:18

Written by euronymous on 30.01.2013 at 01:19


my files of informations





Apparently I've been catalogued.
Ozman - 30.01.2013 at 12:51  
And calling 7.6 a low rating is just as hilarious
euronymous - 30.01.2013 at 13:28  
Written by Ozman on 30.01.2013 at 12:51

And calling 7.6 a low rating is just as hilarious


of course the album deserve 8.5 :@
Alex Fenger - 30.01.2013 at 17:38  
Written by euronymous on 30.01.2013 at 13:28

of course the album deserve 8.5 :@

Deserves around a 6 - 6.5 at most
euronymous - 30.01.2013 at 18:11  
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.01.2013 at 17:38

Written by euronymous on 30.01.2013 at 13:28

of course the album deserve 8.5 :@

Deserves around a 6 - 6.5 at most


deaf lemon i must juicing you
Alex Fenger - 30.01.2013 at 18:16  
Written by euronymous on 30.01.2013 at 18:11

deaf lemon i must juicing you

You "must juicing" me? What the hell does that mean?
Also R'Vannith, good review, I just found this album to be boring.
euronymous - 30.01.2013 at 18:27  
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.01.2013 at 18:16

Written by euronymous on 30.01.2013 at 18:11

deaf lemon i must juicing you

You "must juicing" me? What the hell does that mean?
Also R'Vannith, good review, I just found this album to be boring.


this mean i ll make you lemonade and you are over. Past. Kaput. ANd you are boring

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