God - _Sublime_
(Bestial, 1999)
by: Brian Meloon (8 out of 10)
This is God's second release, following _From the Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne_ [CoC #35]. It follows in much the same style, but the music is more involved than last time, and it's more consistent. Gone are most of the "Viking metal" touches of their previous work, replaced by a more consistent melodic doom feel. The music features guitars and keyboards on an equal footing, with neither allowed to dominate the music to any degree. The performances are very good, with precise guitar work and competent drumming. The keyboards are again excellent, including an instrumental piano piece which sounds much like an etude by Chopin. The vocals range from growly to clean, and all are well-done. The production is a little faded, which takes away from the power the music would otherwise have. On the other hand, power isn't the band's main concern, and for the effect the band is going for, the production is adequate. In short, this should appease fans of gothic melodic doom, as well as generally open-minded listeners of all persuasions.

(article published 14/3/1999)

1/9/2007 Q Kalis 7 God - Hell and Heaven
11/19/1998 B Meloon 8 God - From the Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne
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