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GARDARIKA - Chthonica - CD - gardarika.com - 2012

Does any of you remember the reactions when CDs started appearing? One of them, addressing the high fidelity, was "You can hear the singer as if he was in your room." On Gardarika's second album this is exactly the case: you can hear the singer as if the guy was right there in your room. However, the rest of the band is still in your speakers. And this separation between vocals and music makes Chthonica almost unbearable. The guy might have the voice resembling Kamelot's front man but with one third of his vocal range. And he makes up for it by singing all over the place like the guy from Sonata Arctica (give us a break about names - isn't it obvious from the beginning of the review that we're old?). The vocal lines aren't that great either, and there's too many of them.

Still, the music is pretty awesome. Punchy, catchy, contagious thrash with a few out there moments of curious, excellent musicianship, outrageous solos, fierce drums - everything you can hope for. But then, the guy in your room is trying to sing along and ruining the music. Guys, if you still have the session files, please re-do this album with any other singer (we promise to give you a 9/10!). As it is, it's hard to rank it any higher than 6.5.

(6.5/10)

 

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ISSUE 75
ALBUM REVIEWS

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EMPTY DAYS
Empty Days

FIVE-STOREY ENS...
Not That City

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Unborn and Holl

FROM BENEATH BI...
Monolith

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Chthonica

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