Review by John Chedsey:
As the 90’s wind towards the end and metal music continues its evolution, there are some interesting trends developing. All the second generation death bands have either fallen to the wayside or adapted.
A couple cases in point: Sentenced and Cemetary, both of whom decided to lighten the growls up and find grooves. Cemetary has proven that indeed they are masters of writing heavy songs that rock. Compared to Godless Beauty, which showed a rougher Cemetary, Sundown is very refined.
Mathias Lodmalm (guitar, piano, vocals) still retains a rough voice, but roughness is what made Clint Eastwood so defining in his area. From the straight ahead groove of the album opener “Elysia” to the final “The Wake”, the listener is held captivated in various moods.
You might think “gothic” on occasion, but you also discover that the term is very limiting. While puritan death metal fans will gladly let Cemetary die (which apparently they did after recording Sundown), fans of a groovier sort of gloom will gladly accept this eulogy.
CLOSER TO THE PAIN
NEW DAWN COMING