by Dark Age


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Albums that are considered part of extreme metal don't necessarily receive that label because of the music itself; in some cases, the vocals are the only thing that make the disc relevant to extreme metal (be it death metal or black metal). Dark Age's Acedia is a such an album; the thing that gives this late 2009 release some extreme metal appeal isn't the music per se but rather, the lead vocals -- that is, some of the lead vocals. Acedia is one of the many 21st century metal outings that favors an extreme vocals/clean vocals contrast; lead singer Eike Freese handles the clean vocals as convincingly as he handles the extreme vocals, which are essentially death metal growling with hints of a black metal rasp at times. But take away the extreme vocals, and you're left with a highly melodic album that -- for all its intensity and aggression -- has more to do with alternative metal than death metal. These German headbangers have often been described as melodic death metal, but musically, Acedia is more alt-metal than anything. Although many of the recordings that are considered melodic death metal have a strong power metal influence, the riffs and moody, dark melodies on Acedia have strong alt-metal leanings � la Fear Factory. But one thing that Acedia definitely has in common with the more power metal-influenced releases in melodic death metal is a strong desire to be both nuanced and forceful. Dark Age don't govern by brute force alone on Acedia; in fact, metalheads who aren't into the really harsh and unforgiving death metal and black metal coming out of Europe (especially the Scandinavian countries) will find Acedia to be a lot more accessible. Some death metal purists might complain that this 44-minute CD is really just alt-metal with some growling; be that as it may, Dark Age's blend of the intense and the musical yields consistently likable results on Acedia.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Afm Records
UPC: 0884860011921
catalogNumber: 600119
Rank: 111384

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Performance Credits

Dark Age   Primary Artist
Eike Freese   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Olman Viper   Background Vocals,Shouts
Jörn Schubert   Guitar,Group Member
Martin Reichert   electronics,Group Member
André Schumann   Drums,Group Member
Alex Frank   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Dark Age   Composer
Niklas Sundin   Artwork
Eike Freese   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Fabian Schmidt   Artwork,Layout
Andreas Danish   Vocal Engineer
Olman Viper   Vocal Engineer
Nico Klaukien   Vocal Engineer
Lea Aring   Band Photo
André Schumann   Composer,Lyricist
Alex Frank   Vocal Engineer

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