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Vials of Wrath
Days Without Names
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2015
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 6/4/2017
A really intriguing, deep listen
So, this album is all about ever changing soundscapes and it's apparent from the start what you will get on this album. The opening track is a beautiful instrumental that really pulls you in before the album's first black metal inspired track kicks in the door on your meditative moment. Swirling, buzzing guitars and pained, emotive vocals complement this track and other tracks throughout the album.

While each track tends to follow the same formula of heavy into more soothing sounds and then back to the BM sound, you can still thoroughly enjoy each track as they are all part of a musical journey through nature that the album was crafted around. The lyrics are more positive which is what constitutes Vials falling in to the unblack genre. Lyrics like "When death's cold hand takes mine may it be in such a time make my grave upon the highest mount" aren't what you would find on a traditional black metal release. The unblack genre takes the music and atmosphere of black metal and then adds a little positivity in to the lyrics to break away from the more occult/despondent imagery used in the way black metal artists tend to.

Overall, this album is a really intriguing, deep listen that will constantly allow you to find nuances you had missed in previous listens. If you're looking for something a litlte more introspective but that still has that appeal of black metal, you couldn't go wrong in taking a listen to 'Days Without Names' by Vials of Wrath.
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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