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Edge of Haze
Illumine

Company: Independent
Release: 2014
Genre: Heavy
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Spans many areas of metal



  • Finnish group Edge of Haze offer up "Illumine", an eclectic, esoteric heavy metal album full of twists and turns. Formerly known as Damage, Edge of Haze are a band that are very hard to define. With influences ranging from doom to progressive to black metal, the band almost runs the gamut of heavy metal on "Illumine". Opener "Drawn" is a very proggy and atmospheric track that immediately captures your attention with its diversity. Well-timed electronic melodies, catchy riffing and jazzy percussion make this track a great introduction to what is to come. As the album goes on, the band ventures into doom with "Rainfall", proggy death with "The Pyre" and everywhere in between. One of the things I love the most is the stark contrast on tracks like "The Pyre" and "Unlearn", its beautiful, clean vocals and the harsh, guttural death growls. I feel this adds an additional depth to the complex song structures and keeps you guessing. I don't know how many people will appreciate this album for what it truly is, an incredible piece of musicianship that spans many areas of metal in a way that makes it feel like a guided tour of genres. There isn't a single flaw that I can find with this album and quite honestly, it's singularly the most interesting album I've heard so far this year. If you are a fan of Porcupine Tree or Green Carnation, this band is right up your alley. It's a haunting album that is so atypical from what we all come to expect.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    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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    IllumineEdge of Haze
    2014
    Greg Watson10/8/2014


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    Janne MieskonenEdge of HazeGreg Watson12/12/2014


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