I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tristania - Beyond the Veil [1999]

Beautiful opening track, but "beautiful" will be used often on this album. Very good production quality. It perfectly suits the musical style. The orchestra and chorus are easy to hear over the guitars and drums. It's not a really heavy production, which is probably better for the style of music. The song-writing is top-notch and very very Gothic. Beautiful use of chorus and clean vox as well as the viola and orchestra. The guitar riffs are well-crafted and fit in nicely with the rest of the instruments. The production could be a little bit better for the drums, though, and I would've liked to hear a slightly heavier guitar sound… but now I'm just nit-picking.

Rating: 9


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