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Amily : To All in Graves

In the simplest of terms, what Amily offer is a perfect cross between Death and Doom Metal, with loads of orchestral elements.

Amily is a relatively new band from Ukraine. Their first album, 'To All in Graves', is more than appropriate for the label it was released from, Solitude Productions. Typically, the bands signed with Solitude Productions basically fit the same category: Doom Metal that is crushing and slow, but also conveys a heavy dose of atmosphere. Amily is no exception, their style would probably share the most characteristics with the gothic-tinged Death/Doom of Nox Aurea and Paradise Lostís first two albums. However, while the band has clear references from other bands, Amily creates their own original blend of extreme Doom and symphonic Metal.

In the simplest of terms, 'To All in Graves' is a perfect cross between Death and Doom Metal, with loads of orchestral elements. Yet rather than sounding melancholic or romantic, this usage of symphonic instruments bring out a medieval kind of darkness in the bandís Doom/Death style, which already sounds sinister enough. "Renaissance"-style symphonies open each song, leading into huge riffs which range from speedy blasts of pure Death Metal, such as on 'Renaissance Day' and 'Winds of Culmination', to glacial funereal riffs on the opening and title tracks. The drums arenít particularly technical, but they help the guitars sound all the more cavernous and huge. The vocals consist of deep growls which mostly linger in the background, beneath the loud and crushing guitar melodies. There is also some brief female and male singing on a few of the tracks, but their voices are only really used to enhance the darkly gothic atmosphere. This atmosphere is also created through the use of violin, pianos, and organs, the latter bringing to mind the works of Skepticism and Abstract Spirit.

Overall, the combination of dark and heavy Death/Doom mixed with symphonic elements may not exactly the most original idea, but Amily executes the sound pretty well. It could easily appeal to those who enjoy their Doom Metal to be really sinister and brooding, as well as those who enjoy the symphonic Doom of Estatic Fear and Virgin Black. What I especially enjoyed about this album is how the music never sounds outright gloomy or melancholic, and never loses its Death Metal aggression in the orchestral elements. Their sound is the kind of stuff you would hear from a band that creates excellent Death/Doom in their early years, then either changes their sound or breaks up. Hopefully, this wonít be the case for Amily, because itís clear to me that they have the potential to successfully revive the original gothic sound that was once created by the Death/Doom bands of the early-90s.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Endless Exequies
2. Fading Image of My Own
3. Renaissance Day
4. Daydreams of Peeled Wallflower
5. Under the Black Voile
6. Winds of Culmination
7. Rejected Cells
8. Forever Cold
9. To All in Graves
10. Funeral of Love

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-01-05 by Dante DuVall
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