Immortal Symphony - _Time Is Not Forever_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Adrian Bromley (4 out of 10)
Holy fuck! What kind of production is this? As the opening notes to Immortal Symphony's release began, it had this chilling doomy/gothic swagger too it, a nice guitar riff slowly and cautiously flowing as hypnotic doomy vocals whispered, and then BAM! Shitty production accompanied by some weak, poorly attempted death metal growls. What gives? But it doesn't stop there, as the band's production seems to fall apart as "Dying Faith" and "Crucifixion of Love" play out. I know it says in the bio that the album was recorded on a single track ADAT in a garage, but I have heard better sounding records from one-man bands that have recorded them in their bedrooms while sleeping under a blanket and with a three-day old cold. In all seriousness, this doomy/atmospheric/death metal band has some fine points and if they can try to get out of the garage and lose (or at least fix) some of their song characteristics (i.e. death vocal growls) then something could come out of this. Get crackin' boys.


(article published 1/9/2002)

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