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Koldborn - First Enslavement (7/10) - Denmark - 2002

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Diehard Music
Playing time: 38:22
Band homepage: Koldborn

Tracklist:

  1. Of Sin Sublime
  2. Wicked Arise Divine
  3. Blessed By Beyond
  4. In Breathless Sighs
  5. All Bowing Heads Roll
  6. Vague Cries (Of Unborn Lives)
  7. Demonride
  8. Sunbroken
  9. Altar Of Your Fate
  10. The Embrace Of Thanatos
Koldborn - First Enslavement
Diehard Music presents: KOLDBORN. This band comes with their debut release, "First Enslavement", after having released 2 (at this point sold out) demos before this album.

The Danish quartet plays Death Metal, full of variations in speed. Some tracks have a very slow, but heavy character ("In Breathless Sighs", "Sunbroken"), while others have a higher pace ("All Bowing Heads Roll", "Demonride"). I personally prefer the faster songs, cause the slower tracks on the album are just a little bit too slow for my liking. Some of the songs are very diverse, with a lot of different riffs and not too much repetition. The perfect example of such a track is "Blessed By Beyond", which is most certainly one of the highlights of the CD. The production, technical level of the music, vocals and drums are all in fine condition, as well as the artwork (damn, it looks good!!!).

As for some negative aspects, well, apart from "Wicked Arise Divine" (great riffs), "Blessed By Beyond" (good variation) and "Demonride" (nice groove), the album is pretty average. Though the music is good, it's nothing I haven't heard before. Diehard Death Metalheads can buy this album blindly, but others may have to listen to it carefully. It's nothing personal, but "First Enslavement" to me is not more than an average Death Metal album with some outstanding tracks. Good enough for a debut, but for the next release I expect something more from KOLDBORN. (Online September 1, 2002)

Vincent Portegijs



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