I think during our lives as Metalheads we all have heard much more Melodic Death bands than necessary. Originality seems to have been lost a long time since in this overcrowded genre and at least I’ve had enough of DARK TRANQUILLITY-IN FLAMES-AT THE GATES rip-offs; that’s why when the debut release of this new Canadian act came into my hands, my expectancies weren’t especially high. An uninspired band name, equally average lyrics and a nasty cover art certainly didn’t help at first, but I finally decided to give my new acquisition a try.
And well, “Enlightened By Darkness” is an interesting album after all; it has a really, REALLY melodic sound and sometimes it seems that we’re in front of some kind of Power Metal with harsh vocals. Guitar work is excellent, with heavy riffs and some great solos and the drums, even if they don’t sound as good as they should (too faded), make for a skilled and varied work. The vocals are provided by Conan Bulani (former singer of BLOOD OF CHRIST) and even if they turn kind of suffocating after a while, they use a lot of different elements to make the album a little bit less monotonous.
The main problem of “Enlightened By Darkness” is the lack of creativity; some distinctive touch that could lead us to buy this album instead of its much more worthy inspiration sources. This is exactly the same concept as in DARK TRANQUILLITY’s beginnings, but is surely far from the level of the Melo-Death gods. On the other hand, it can be too slow for those looking for brutality.
To conclude, I repeat that this is not a bad album, but, unfortunately, it’s in the context of a genre that just has too many better acts to offer. (Online August 7, 2005)