Taliandorogd - _Neverplace_
(Adipocere Records, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6 out of 10)
This six song, half hour long disc belongs to the ever-growing class of releases that are not bad at all, but fail to bring much that is new to the world. Think polished, melodic black metal; think a somewhat softer Dimmu Borgir with more heavy metal leanings and guitar solos, and you won't be far off the mark. The oddly-named Taliandorogd fortunately avoid the more-evil-than-thou imagery trappings, and stick to creating well played and well produced melodic black metal. They are unlikely to cause much impression with this competent if rather indifferent and unoriginal debut, but nevertheless it does leave the lingering impression that better things may well come from this band in the future. For the time being, however, they just about barely escape dismissal as a Dimmu Borgir clone; they should therefore build on their strengths and distinctive elements, and work on finding an identity that is more their own in the future -- so that the follow-up to the reasonably promising material on _Neverplace_ won't end up in the second-rate-clones bin like their labelmates Destinity.

Contact: http://www.adipocere.fr

(article published 27/6/2003)

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