The Duskfall - _Source_
(Black Lotus, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
Still haven't had enough of mid-era In Flames? Longing for something more in that vein, only more death-metal-oriented? Then you are one of those who would do well to purchase _Source_. The Duskfall are undeniably good at their craft, which involves Swedish buzzsaw riffing and melodic hooks aplenty, and end up sounding a bit like mid-era In Flames on a death/thrash day most of the time. Tracks like "Striving to Have Nothing" and "Not a Good Sign" are damn good, even with so many bands playing a similar style. Clocking in at a mere 33 minutes, the album certainly doesn't overstay its welcome; and while the remaining tracks fail to shine as much as those I mentioned before, they still remain entertaining enough. With two cracking tracks and a very decent offering overall, The Duskfall now dangle between the oblivion of being just another band in an overcrowded genre or actually coming up with an entire album of material as good as the best songs on _Source_ next time -- and that would definitely take them to a different level. For the time being, Corporation 187's _Perfection in Pain_ remains my pick of the year for Swedish death/thrash.


(article published 29/2/2004)

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