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Dan Swano, despite his success with the Purgatory Afterglow and Crimson albums with Edge of Sanity, has said many times that his favourite EOS album has always been Unorthodox. I guess I can see why. First of all, those who call Edge of Sanity a melodic Death Metal band are wrong. EOS has never been merely a 'melodic' Death band to begin with; it's just that they stressed melody and the structure of their songs had powerful hooks that grab listeners by their balls. If you go back to the roots of this amazing band, you'll discover that their first three albums are the epitome of old school Death Metal with a proggressive approach. Unorthodox is the 1992 release of EOS, but most of the songs were written between 1989 and 1991. The music presented on this record is very raw in style, crushingly heavy and incredibly powerful. All aspects of Death Metal are served here and they are also enhanced by proggy overtones (remember Dan Swano is one of the biggest progheads ever). Added to the mold of the songcraft are non-metal elements such as piano, keyboards, violin and even cello. Make no mistake though, none of these instruments are used to overpower, but they are utilised to add colour and texture as well as immense variety. As "Enigma" kicks off after the short instrumental track, we are faced with strangely accessible time signatures that continue to shift, change and redefine themselves. Right after Dan Swano's clean vocals (also the only clean vocals on the entire album) the intense rhythm work played by Sami Nerberg (and Dan Swano himself) abounds with so much energy that it is hard stay unresponsive to the magic that shines through. "Enigma" consists of three 'psalms', namely "The Blessing", "Celestial Dissension" and "The Loss of Hallowed Life". The cerebral lyrical theme is utilised in a call-and-response kind of vocal delivery and with each passing second the riff architecture is further developed. It finally explodes into a chaotic wall of sound. While I happen to like "Enigma" best on this record, the rest of songs are far from filler. On "In the Veins" and "Darker Than Black", Dan's vocals are particularly raw, but not as refined as they are on the late
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Type: LP
Recorded: 1992
Release Date: 2017-04-10
Label: Black Mark
Country: Euro
Item No: BMLP18
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Track List
01 The blessing
02 Celestial dissension
03 The loss of hallowed life
04 Incipience to the butchery
05 In the veins ( darker than black
06 Everlasting
07 After afterlife
08 Beyond the unknown
09 Nocturnal
10 A curfew for the damned
11 Cold sun
12 The day of maturity
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