Taetre - _The Art_
(Diehard, 1998)
by: Paul Schwarz (8 out of 10)
First off, yes, this is another band from Gothenburg playing melodic death metal. However, although the overcrowding in this scene is now getting positively claustrophobic, Taetre have managed to produce a very listenable debut which is full of rock solid riffing and nice melodic lead lines. Particular highlights of the album are first song "My Lament", which comes in very smoothly off the intro, and "Lifeplague". Although by the end of 41 minutes the tracks do start to blend very slightly into one another (this lacks the penchant for brilliant acoustic interlude which At The Gates possessed and utilised) the album is still well worth the time spent. Taetre are certainly following older Swedish tradition, early '90s that is, of being brutal, something lacking in too many bands emerging from Gothenburg at the moment. _The Art_ is definitely a fine base for Taetre to build on, and, with their prestigious live experience (they have played with many of Gothenburg's most noted), they should definitely get further than a great number of their horde of contemporaries. But, with the scene so overcrowded and peoples' taste changing daily, who can say for sure.

(article published 7/6/1998)

5/19/1999 P Schwarz 8.5 Taetre - Out of Emotional Disorder
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