Cemetary - _Sundown_
(Black Mark, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (
This album marks Cemetary's fourth plunge into the minds and souls of its fans worldwide. Still following the trend set on their last release, _Black Vanity_, Cemetary have evolved their music more and more towards the melodic range of the musical spectrum. Where have we heard this before? Hmm ... I don't know, but it seems to me that a lot of European bands are starting to forget where it is they came from. The music on this album it very well executed and certainly not without an element of talent, but it is almost TOO reminiscent of the 80s hard rock sound. There is a lot of emotion on this album, and it does prove very beautiful in certain parts, but to me, I'm not happy with the change Cemetary has made. They have taken the gothic elements that have been a part of their music since their second album, and changed them almost to the point of becoming pop. Leads abound on this album, as do powerchords and other tools of the guitar trade in the 1980s. Although this album isn't terrible, it's just not something I wanted to see from Cemetary; to me it seems that they have chosen the wrong fork in the road.
(article published 3/14/1996)
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