Equinox of the Gods - _Images of Forgotten Memories_
(Unisound Records, 1996)
by: Henry Akeley (7 out of 10)
This band's hybrid "gothic metal" style is not exactly my cup of tea, but they definitely deserve credit for their ability to craft catchy, yet somber melodies, and embed them in rich, layered arrangements. "Welcome Home", "N.L.S.", and the impressive "Dance of the Dead" are memorable songs loaded with melodic hooks, cool vocal phrasings, and nice ambient touches like piano, chiming bells, female vocals, and the like. Without a doubt, these guys have got tons of talent. Lead vocals are mostly delivered in the usual sonorous gothic style, and the tempos are slow to mid-paced throughout. My only substantial gripe with _Images..._ is that the guitar tone is rather thin. Granted, this helps to accentuate the other diverse elements of the band's multi-faceted sound - but I can't help thinking that a bit more metallic punch would greatly increase their overall impact. (In fact, I think they'd sound a lot like Moonspell if they beefed up the guitar. But these guys aren't copycats; they've been around.) Anyway, even if it isn't maximally heavy, this is a first release that showcases real creativity and talent.

(article published 18/11/1996)


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