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Taetre - Divine Misanthropic Madness (8,5/10) - Sweden - 2003

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Mighty Music
Playing time: 34:37
Band homepage: Taetre


  1. A Veil Of Madness
  2. Virus
  3. Paint A Whore As A Saint
  4. No Love
  5. Pathetic / Organic
  6. Diabolical Age
  7. Destroy The Dreamvoid
  8. Paradox
  9. Fathers Foe
  10. Reclaiming The Spirit
  11. Living The Dream
  12. Deathportal
Taetre - Divine Misanthropic Madness
I personally would probably enjoy Swedish Death Metal more than I would American, and quite simply put if you like Swedish Death Metal then TAETRE's "Divine Misanthropic Madness" has something very worthwhile to offer you for 35 minutes of your time.

When researching the band I discovered that many of the members or past members have had their roots in Black Metal, and it shines through foremost in the more haunting atmosphere of this album which is created by utilising synth effects and keyboards. This particular aspect I found very interesting and helped to make this album keep my attention as I watched the melodies and catchy riffs and rhythms flow and interchange perfectly.

Melody is a key to this album and some very untypical Death Metal melodies are used helping to make this album sound more refreshing that simply a great Swedish Death Metal album released 10 years too late.

The instruments are all well executed with memorable moments where the band created greatly blended interchanging sections of brutality and melody. The song lengths themselves are in general quite short, averaging just under 3 minutes, and the album itself is unfortunately also a little on the short side - but hey at least it means its not long enough to become boring! The only gripe I have is that the vocals are rather dull.

Everything about this package is top notch, from the production (Andy La Rocque guitarist for KING DIAMOND, who also guests on a couple of great solos), to the artwork. This comes highly recommended for fans of Swedish style Death Metal (from ENTOMBED to AT THE GATES and even to ARCH ENEMY). (Online April 24, 2003)

Niall Kennedy

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