DARK ANGELS “Bittersweet Devotion” /CD/



The second full-length album by Czech Symphonic/Gothic/Doom Metal band.
This third album "Bittersweet Devotion" is quite meritorious. When "My Dark World" appears to be the first encounter, it instantly reminds us of Paradise Lost and Lake Of Tears in the nineties. Gothic/Doom Metal is what reigns here; that is obvious, although one can find a sudden switch to pure Doom with grunts and My Dying Bride riffing as well. They nicely grace it with a delicious guitar solo; we surely enjoy that.
With Vaclav Votruba and Jakub Vondrka they have recruited two skilful guitarists that are doing a great job. Vocalist Radek Popel, also responsible for artwork, has a low-pitched dark Gothic voice, but he regularly switches to lower grunts or a scream-like, excited variant of his voice. Well done. This is properly illustrated in the Candlemass alike "Empty Sun" and the juicy "Fear Kills Me". We are regaled with smooth, catchy Gothic during "It's Time To Go" (with acoustic parts) and "Angels Never Die" that has a kind a Epic feel, turning into more dynamics. Doom-like Moonspell atmospheres reign in "Morning Shadows", while a fast and furious guitar solo happens to be the icing on the cake in the Prog-like starting ''Insanity Within A Dream". One can hear bitter sweet sadness finally in "Bittersweet", emphasizing the emotional side of the band.
With talent for strong melodies and proper roots in the nineties Gothic/Doom Metal, Dark Angels has created an album we enjoy listening to! Cherish this integrity!!
In Motion Agency, 2013 (IMA002). Made in Czech. First press.


Tracklist:
1. My Dark World 03:40
2. Empty Sun 04:07
3. Fear Kills Me 03:26
4. It's Time to Go 04:36
5. Angels Never Die 03:48
6. Morning Shadows 05:15
7. Insanity Within a Dream 03:32
8. Bittersweet 05:27
Total playing time: 33:51

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