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Antares
Made In Fear
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2005
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Timmy D
Published: 4/22/2005
Fairly competent hybrid of technical death metal
Antares - Made In Fear - 2005 - Indy Release

Track Listing
1. Devil's Gift
2. Mists of Avalon
3. Made in Fear
4. Neurotic Child
5. Infatuation
6. End in Amon Hen
7. SDIFOM
8. Till the End Starts
Antares plays a fairly competent hybrid of technical death metal, made a bit easier to swallow by incorporating Gothenburg melodic-death sensibilities and syrupy keyboards. Five or six years ago, an album like this would have had me spraying my shorts. However, this style has become so run-of-the-mill that this doesn't hold much interest for me. Not to say this is a bad album, and Antares have plenty going for themselves musically. I just think bands like Cenotaph, Scholomance, and Theory in Practice have this niche covered, and there really isn't any more room left for bands of this ilk...


--Timmy D. 04.23.05




Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
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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