Awakening - _An Eves Nightmare_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
From Australia comes the bizarre metal outfit calling itself Awakening. Not really a full-blown metal act, Awakening find themselves hovering between a creepy, atmospheric metal act and melodic metal, paying lots of attention to haunting segues and unique musical passages. With a really dream-like sequence of ideas, _An Eves Nightmare_ is very effective as it draws the listener in with some impressive ambient features, not to mention dark vocal ideas and hypnotic guitar work. The keyboard work by singer/guitarist James Steed, for example on the track "Introduction to Obscurity," is also worthy of note. No doubt the twelve songs on _An Eves Nightmare_ are meant to be taken in all at the same time and would surely lose the appeal should they be heard out of sequence. A gothic stench of moodiness descends upon the music of Awakening as it trudges along, deeper into a nightmare of ghastly sounds and creepy emotions. Not as good as it could have been, but effective nonetheless.


(article published 19/10/2001)

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