EDGE OF SANITY - Purgatory Afterflow LP (Black Vinyl)
Edge Of Sanity

EDGE OF SANITY - Purgatory Afterflow LP (Black Vinyl)

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I think that the best way to classify this album is "pop metal" The melodic leads are incredibly smooth and catchy, and extended just the right amount of time, then changed, to make sure that you are drawn in and want to keep listening. Behind the leads lies a low, buzzy guitar playing power chords, harkening back to Edge of Sanity's roots as a Stockholm-style death metal band. Dan Swanö's vocals are something to be reckoned with as well, providing excellent growls backed by some truly powerful clean vocals. When juxtaposed, as in Blood Colored, it creates a nice atmosphere. The drums are really nothing special, just keeping the beat, playing along with the guitar. The bass is virtually inaudible... or at least I don't know what to listen for to hear it. But neither of those really matter. If this were just the guitars playing away, I would still buy it. Some of my favorite leads are in the openner, Twilight, and the all-clean-vocals hit Black Tears.

Then, comes the last song on this album. Guaranteed to give you a big ol "o_O" the first time you hear it, it is the reason I couldn't give this a 99 or 100. The guitars are neither melodic nor well written, the vocals aren't even done by Swanö and the lyrics are sketchy. However, it's short, and easily overlooked. Then the album ends with about 10 3-second-long tracks of silence. Don't bother me, but it could be a problem if you put the CD on shuffle.

There's only one thing you can do. Go to your favorite internet mailorder, indie record store, or whereever you can, and BUY THIS ALBUM. If you like In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, you'll love this.

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