Fenfire – Rubikon
October 2nd, 2011
This album rips open with organs that remind me of King Diamond’s first album after leaving Merciful Fate “fatal portrait” mixed in with a heavy production similar to Children of Bodom. Thrashing with symphonic and blackened death riffs, which also harken back to bands like Dissection? The twin guitar harmonies accompanied by the keyboards are really something any fan of Children of Bodom will like but at the same time if you ever felt like the keyboards in Bodom’s music was overbearing at all, it is not here. It is done with just enough atmospheres to make this album sound like what Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth would have sounded like in the early years if they would have had better studio production. The vocals are a good mix of Black Metal and Swedish Death Metal styles (imagine if you could hear Dark throne vocals clearly). The vocals and guitars dance well together with the harmonies but not in a cheesy way, it’s more like they are all one instrument. The drums and bass are tight and never loose time, fast enough to satisfy any blast beat freak but not so much that it is overkill. Lots of time changes and dynamics keep this record sounding fresh with each track change.
Overall I give this record a 7/10 – The Zach Moonshine Show