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Dying Awkward Angel: Absence of Light (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Formed in Turin in 1998, the band went on hiatus in 2008, and when they returned just two years later only guitarist Edoardo Demuro remained. Although during the initial life of the band they had released some demoes and a single, it wasn’t until 2013 that they released their debut album, which they have now followed up with ‘Absence of Light’. They state that they have been influenced by In Flames, At The Gates, Carcass, Dark Tranquillity, but I am guessing they include In Flames when they were a proper band as opposed to what they have become. As for Carcass, to be fair I don’t hear a great deal within their own sound, as this is melodic death that at times also includes elements of black metal.

That’s the good news, the bad news is that although they obviously know what they are doing, and singer Michael Spallieri has a nice take on roughness and raw throat singing, there are just too many times when this is boring. “Dolls” is plain awful, there is no other real way to describe it, and although it has been recorded well with good production, one just has to wonder why as the repetitiveness of the vocals is painful. If this was the debut album from a band that was just starting out then I would say that at times they show promise, and that they are a band to keep an eye on for the future, but this band has been around in one form or another for 20 years. Even if allow that the 2010 version is basically a new band with an old name, that is still eight years and this is the second release. The next album will have to be a major step up from this one to gain the attention they crave.

Rating: 5/10

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Track list:
1. Blood of Your Blood
2. Death Coach
3. Isaiah 53:7
4. Shade
5. Dolls
6. Sancta Sanctorum
7. Absence of Light
8. Maldita Seas
9. The Dust Devil
10. T.U.S.K.
11. The Killing Floor

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Links:
http://www.dyingawkwardangel.com/
http://www.rockshots.eu/

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