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Avatarium - Death, Where Is Your Sting review



Reviewer:
8.3

61 users:
7.79
Band: Avatarium
Album: Death, Where Is Your Sting
Release date: October 2022


Disc I [CD]
01. A Love Like Ours
02. Stockholm
03. Death, Where Is Your Sting
04. Psalm For The Living
05. God Is Silent
06. Mother Can You Hear Me Now
07. Nocturne
08. Transcendent

Disc II [Bonus CD (limited Earbook)]
01. Boneflower [alternative version][Live in studio]
02. Great Beyond [alternative version][Live in studio]
03. Rubicon [alternative version][Live in studio]
04. Lay Me Down [alternative version][Live in studio]
05. The Fire I long For [alternative version][Live in studio]


Death, Where Is Your Sting is the fifth installment by the now well esteemed doom metal band Avatarium, a band that have proven to be much more than just a simple side project for Candlemass songwriter Leif Edling. In their decade of existence, they have provided us with some rather unique and stellar doom metal releases, and now they introduce us to Death, Where Is Your Sting; so, where does this album fit into that impressively consistent discography of theirs? Well, it's certainly a solid release, to say the least.

When looking back to this band's self-titled debut in 2013, you will notice that Edling didn't exactly stray too far from his Candlemass roots, in terms of riff structures at least. However, with the introduction of vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith, things became a little more interesting, as they developed a distinct style of their own. Edling carried on developing his songwriting ideas and riffs, contributing through to the 2017 album Hurricanes and Halos; at this point, Edling left Avatarium, after which Smith and guitarist Marcus Jidell continued handling songwriting duties, resulting in a darker and more theatrical sound. With this newly impressive sound, they began to develop and establish an all-new impressive progressive structure that has featured as a key factor in their unique style and sound since.

Death, Where Is Your Sting picks up where the previous album The Fire I Long For left off, that is, with their own unique blend of gothic and doom based around progressive structures, alongside Smith's sweet divine yet menacing vocals. The album begins with "A Love Like Ours", a song that sets a dark mood from the outset, with its slow gentle beginning that powerfully builds up, allowing Smith’s emotive vocals to pour through. The album subsequently maintains consistency with a quality collection of tracks containing groovy melodies and outstanding acoustic moments; on top of this, there are several tracks that also feature a psychedelic approach, such as the title track.

For me, one of the most notable tracks has to be "Stockholm", which is essentially a doom metal song at heart, but also contains an interesting blend of acid-folk and progressive rock; this song is also notable for Jidell's crunching and bending riffs, as well as the sections where the use of violins and acoustics is present. Another notable track for me is the downbeat and emotional "Psalm For The Living", a song that follows the theme of surviving the global pandemic, which is a subject that heavily influenced this album as a whole.

So here's Avatarium quietly carrying on their trend of fine unique releases, forever venturing into more daring and obscure progressive territories; Death, Where Is Your Sting is another release that does just that, showing just how far this fabulous band have come.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 8





Written on 31.10.2022 by And well there you have it.


Comments

Comments: 7   Visited by: 129 users
01.11.2022 - 11:33
nikarg
Mod
Another album that will make my year-end list, reviewed by you
I absolutely loved The Fire I Long For and I love this one, too. It just flows so beautifully and Smith’s voice is so captivating. With or without Edling, this band puts out quality music.

Oh, and "God Is Silent"
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01.11.2022 - 12:08
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by nikarg on 01.11.2022 at 11:33

Another album that will make my year-end list, reviewed by you
I absolutely loved The Fire I Long For and I love this one, too. It just flows so beautifully and Smith’s voice is so captivating. With or without Edling, this band puts out quality music.

Oh, and "God Is Silent"

Thanks they are a great band and I really enjoyed this album. I'm glad you mentioned "God Is Silent" by the way, that too is a great song
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01.11.2022 - 20:31
Ivor
Staff
I think you're not doing this album enough justice. My first emotion when listening to it was that something's different. Good or bad? Anything different is good. I've not particularly clicked with the past two albums, I liked their debut very much. But listening the previous one for comparison I can now spot the difference. It's the wider use of acoustic guitars, prominent inclusion of electric violin and a slightly lighter tone to the music. It's transitioned the elusive boundary from the crushing to the melancholic emotion. In a way it even kind of sounds... positive?

I.
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No friends for playing games
No foes who scorn my name
Computerized machines of steel and rust
/---/
No friends in my house on Mars
No foes in my house on Mars
I was born in my house on Mars
I will die in my house on Mars
-- Ayreon - My House on Mars
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02.11.2022 - 11:18
terroriser

Well you make to listen to them again. Actually I should say thanks for reminding me about them as I forgot they existed. I was big fan of their first album but somehow followups did not make any impression. I will try it later and and share my feelings here.
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02.11.2022 - 14:10
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
I have been in Stockholm 3 times in my life maybe 4,while avarage forest swede from nordic forest goes 4 times per year for shopping..
I gave not listened this yet, but in my plan depends how fast I will recovere I will play it.
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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02.11.2022 - 17:18
DarkWingedSoul

Quite fr(e)a(n)kly, great review andy thanks
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02.11.2022 - 17:22
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by DarkWingedSoul on 02.11.2022 at 17:18

Quite fr(e)a(n)kly, great review andy thanks

Hey thanks
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