Ebony Tears - _Tortura Insomniae_
(Black Sun Records, 1997)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Fans of Swedish melodic death metal, here's something different for you to enjoy. Ebony Tears incorporate several new elements into this style on their _Tortura Insomniae_, the most influential being the frequent use of remarkably catchy violin melodies. Occasional female vox and acoustic guitars are also to be found here, as well as a 10 minute long finishing track that blends some of Ebony Tears' normal sound with perhaps as-weird-as-Meshuggah sequences. This is definitely not a track to be enjoyed by everyone, but if you think you might really like such a song, you should probably add an extra mark to my rating. If not, there's no need to worry either; the album is about 53 minutes long, so it's still very worthy of your money even if you don't like the last track. Indeed, songs such as "Moonlight", "Freak Jesus", "Nectars of Eden", "Opacity" and "Spoonbender" give Ebony Tears a place near In Flames, which should say a lot about the quality of this album.
(article published 4/13/1998)
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