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Advent
Valholl
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2003
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Troy Cole
Published: 5/5/2003
Many layers, vocal styles, and atmospheres
Hailing from Italy, ADVENT an extreme symphonic metal group has unleashed their sophomore effort entitled 'Valholl' consisting of 3 tracks. I was not able to hear the first demo 'From A Distant Landscape' but 'Valholl' has many layers, vocal styles, and atmospheres.

Definitely well produced and very impressive for a second recording. This band has mature and solid song writing skills with good musicianship and vocals. Each song has catchy riffs and pace changes coupled with appropriately placed clean vocals, screams and guttural growls. Along with the catchy riffs, Giorgio Mula plays more complex than most most black metal bands these days while interjecting melody along the way. Spoken passages add even more depth to the songs along with piano and acoustics. This 3 song demo has been stuck in my player and in my head for weeks. It's rare these days to hear something once and have it stick with you especially within this genre of music.

I'm very impressed with this demo and wish I had heard the first one to see how much they had matured along the way. I can't see how a demo of this standard would not land this band a record deal with a label. There is definite mass appeal with what ADVENT have created here. If ADVENT continues to mature in this vain and release awesome songs like these they will have a great future ahead of them.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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