Crematory - _Awake_
(Nuclear Blast, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Much like the works of other Nuclear Blast acts - EverEve (_Seasons_ LP) and Left Hand Solution (_Fevered_ LP) - German quintet Crematory skillfully mesh together the darkness and eloquence of gothic music and the sheer intensity of metal. The results are above average. While following the basic guidelines of most goth/metal albums, Crematory does manage to break away from the typical dreary ambience and Dracula-like vocals and bring forth strong harmonies, crushing riffs, and a truly strong keyboard sound. I personally found more than 3/4 of this record original or at least fresh with new ideas of this musical genre. The band's previous LP, _Illusions_, helped solidify the band as one of the leaders of this genre, and hopefully _Awake_ will continue to keep them at the forefront. This album consists of ten songs that really deliver some memorable moments, heard quite vividly on such tracks as "The Loss" and "Temple of Love". Sure, goth metallers Type O Negative have the commercial success, but Crematory have the goods to keep them around a lot longer if they play their cards right.
(article published 12/8/1997)
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