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Holy Blood - Waves Are Dancing - 2004 - Total Armageddon Production

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. To Heaven
3. The Spring
4. Jerusalem
5. I Flow Towards The Fate
6. Baptising Of The Rus
7. In The Last Battle
8. Fair
9. Waves Are Dancing
10. Outro
11. The Spring (Video)
Well those of you looking for something totally different look no further than the Ukraine's Holy Blood. With "Waves Are Dancing" Holy Blood have indeed delivered the unusual. While many bands will either commit to one particular style with a slight nod to other sub-genres, this group of diverse musicians have somehow combined two styles together into what I would consider extreme power metal. By that I mean "Waves Are Dancing" is a combination of extreme black metal and fantasy styled power metal. Extreme power metal....or something like that.

According to the band's website this is actually the group's sophomore release, a follow-up to the band's debut "The Wanderer". I was really expecting raw, primitive black metal based off of the band's skeleton logo. Instead what I end up with is a complicated power metal musical, with Rhapsody immediately coming to mind. But beyond that fantastic and powerful concept comes the blast beats and raw black metal sounds of Emperor and Enslaved. Yes, Norway's black metal scene comes into play as well, with fast, melodic guitars and keys mixed in with quick, rapid picking and extreme black metal vocals. The whole thing comes off as a medieval romp through the wilderness, something that could either stick or throw the occasional metal journeyman. I for one can't stay up to speed on material this complicated.

Easily for fans of Opeth, Enslaved, Emperor, Skyclad, and Rhapsody.


--EC 09.30.05
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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