As Eden Burns - _The Great Celestial Delusion_
(Candlelight Records, 2008)
by: Jackie Smit (5 out of 10)
Between brandishing a fistful of duelling melodic guitar leads and hammering away on the drums at a suitably thrashy gallop, Houston's As Eden Burns make no bones about what the fifty minutes of their Candlelight debut has in store. Pilfering liberally from a decidedly Swedish palette -- _The Red Sky Is Ours_ and _Slaughter of the Soul_ in particular being plundered to the point of redundancy -- even the screamed vocals sound remarkably like Tomas Lindberg's throaty rasp.

_The Great Celestial Delusion_ is slack in the surprise department, and despite a valiant effort from all involved to inject a sense of aggression into the mix, it never sounds truly threatening. While "Enemy" and a stunning "Conceptual Decay" at least manage to elevate their melodies beyond the mundane levels found elsewhere, little doubt remains by the time the curtain is drawn on that no amount of technical know-how and nifty, organic production can save this from being just another in a slew of frustratingly faceless releases.


(article published 31/10/2008)

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