Macbeth - _Romantic Tragedy's Crescendo_
(Dragonheart, 1998)
by: Pedro Azevedo (5 out of 10)
I have given some very high ratings to some rather unoriginal albums in the past, but what's wrong with Macbeth's _Romantic Tragedy's Crescendo_ isn't just its major lack of originality. Each and every band member's performance and the band's performance as a whole, although not bad, are all just unremarkable compared to what's been done before in this genre. This Italian band essentially sounds and even looks much like early Theatre of Tragedy, as far as their ability allows them to. Basically, what happens is that the cover artwork, layout and album title all promise a Theatre of Tragedy-like band, and the album fulfils the promise. But then Macbeth are just average as a band -- they just aren't anywhere nearly as good as the best bands in the genre and, contrarily to some of them, add nothing new to the mix. An acceptable album, nothing terrible musically, but very unoriginal and overall just not good enough to be interesting when compared to the genre's best bands. One last thing, about the "tragic" component of the album title: confusing this (and a lot of what's done in this genre) with doom metal is a big mistake.

(article published 14/3/1999)

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