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Pristine in Bondage
Amaran
Pristine in Bondage
 
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Japanese edition of the sophomore album from Swedish metal act featuring former members of Mourning Sign, features 13 tracks including 3 bonus tracks, 'As We Fly', 'Seven Long Years' & 'Nocturnal. Avalon. 2003.

      
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All Artists: Amaran
Title: Pristine in Bondage
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Avalon Japan
Release Date: 1/13/2004
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 766483385446

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Japanese edition of the sophomore album from Swedish metal act featuring former members of Mourning Sign, features 13 tracks including 3 bonus tracks, 'As We Fly', 'Seven Long Years' & 'Nocturnal. Avalon. 2003.
 

CD Reviews

An great 'light' metal release with integrity!
metal-mazzer | Odense C, Fyn Denmark | 02/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Some might say that Amaran is a commercial band, but on the contrary I find they really have potential and just because its melodic doesn't mean it isn't well-crafted. Because this album is very well- produced, some might say... well, just another Evanescance-clone here... boring! However, they ought to drop the clichéd comparisons to the mainstream genre. The pace and the furiousity of the strings and drums makes the overall sonic scenerio trashy and NOT nu-metal (God, I hate that word... but I have to use it to show what I mean).The female (yeah... true) vocalist of Amaran has incredible potential and though she remains claer-voiced (no growl as e.g. 'banished from hell- female vocalist bands' like Arch Enemy) her potential and skill is evident. She is nevertheless accompanied by a skilled male growler in some of the tracks which adds a heavier death-like dimension to the band.In many ways the composition of the numbers is classical and the instrumental sound of is partly remiscient of the eighties/nineties trash scene and the power metal scene especially in the first part of the record.What possibly will be missing from this album in the long run is the epic feel of entering a whole other musical universe with a brooming dark atmosphere. A touch which bands like Opeth, In Flames (and other Swedish bands) are masters of creating by composing entriquing shifts between melodic passages and latent aggressiveness which makes the experience long lasting and the impact of the music more powerful... as such the technical complexity of the album doesn't exceed the basic fomula described here and though this evidently is skillful in terms of pace and tightness, it arguably makes the record rather straightforward and uniform which in worst case scenario might make it come forward as a bit tedious in the long run.But hey... why fear the worst when the record/band in fact deserves a boost given the obvious talent they display. This is a highly resommendable power metal relase due to the unconventional female vocal alone, and one can only hope that the band eventually will transcend into darker realms with time 'cause after all it evident that the band sell out if becoming more 'accessible' than they presently are...Give this a shot if you are open-minded and not too trapped within metal conventions of death, black trash music to appreciate a 'lighter' (but still powerful) release... or if you're trapped within mainstream narrow-mindedness this may be a good place to start expanding your horizons."