Angelrust is a band trying to cross melodic Black Metal with Opeth. Not the easiest way to get your feet wet, but I’ll be damned if they don’t have enough musical talent and a good enough singer to make it work most of the time. They must have some money, too, because this 4-song CD is as pro-produced as all get out, plus it features a PC CD-ROM video file! Like I said, the attack is an even balance of mid-paced, melodic Black Metal with standard shrieking, and clean/acoustic interludes with actual singing. The latter portions find these guys wanting to be Opeth so bad it hurts. And the drawbacks there are obvious, the most prevalent being that as good as this guy is, he’s no Mike Akerfeldt. Who is or ever will be? And then there’s little things like the gruff backing vocals on “The Exile” which sound really stupid and out of place. But overall, these guys show enormous promise. Anyone that can work an acoustic guitar this beautifully and still rock the house are worth keeping an ear on. They’re just not quite there yet.
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