The Duskfall - _Source_
(Black Lotus, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Still haven't had enough of mid-era In Flames? Longing for something more
in that vein, only more death-metal-oriented? Then you are one of those who
would do well to purchase _Source_. The Duskfall are undeniably good
at their craft, which involves Swedish buzzsaw riffing and melodic
hooks aplenty, and end up sounding a bit like mid-era In Flames on a
death/thrash day most of the time. Tracks like "Striving to Have
Nothing" and "Not a Good Sign" are damn good, even with so many bands
playing a similar style. Clocking in at a mere 33 minutes, the album
certainly doesn't overstay its welcome; and while the remaining tracks
fail to shine as much as those I mentioned before, they still remain
entertaining enough. With two cracking tracks and a very decent
offering overall, The Duskfall now dangle between the oblivion of
being just another band in an overcrowded genre or actually coming up
with an entire album of material as good as the best songs on _Source_
next time -- and that would definitely take them to a different level.
For the time being, Corporation 187's _Perfection in Pain_ remains my
pick of the year for Swedish death/thrash.
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