Angel Dust - _Enlighten the Darkness_
(Century Media, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Perhaps in an attempt to revitalise power metal, Angel Dust seem to have added a slightly goth-like atmosphere, at times not too far from EverEve's disappointing _Regret_ [CoC #46], and also some electronic elements. The strong drumming, riffs and melodies in opener "Let Me Live" made me think this could be more interesting than I had anticipated, and the following track, "The One You Are", didn't let it down. But from that point onwards, hardly anything seems to achieve a similar level, and as the record went on I wondered what happened to the elements that initially made it seem more interesting. "Beneath the Silence", for example, starts with a Tiamat-like spoken part (think _Wildhoney_) before changing into a pretty damn mainstream ballad -- and you get plenty of that throughout the album. The initial interest is never again recovered as the extra-sweet ballads, less than effective heavier parts, annoying goth-like elements and electronics just add up to tracks varying between mediocre and average quality -- which is rather disappointing after the first couple of songs. Overall, musically a competent album, but it clearly could have been much better. But as it is, in all honesty -- and I know they play a very different style --, for some reason _Enlighten the Darkness_ just makes me wish I was listening to Sentenced instead.
(article published 8/12/2000)
All contents copyright 1995-2016 their individual creators. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
All opinions expressed in Chronicles of Chaos are opinions held at the time of writing by the individuals expressing them.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else, past or present.