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Original release of 2003.
CD in jewel-case.
This is the first album for the German band COUP DE GRÂCE, showing a
mixture of Gothic Rock, metal riffing, and neoclassic / neofolk
influences, with the use of bagpipe and violin. The first song "Until
the End" is more metal oriented, with somethings that reminds me of
TIAMAT’s "Clouds", involving and rhythmical. Both the second track
"Untitled", with a neofolk opening with violin (à la ALGIZ) and "When
You Are Gone", with acoustic guitar intertwining with bagpipe, start
softer to explode with harder metal electric guitars and a rocker
attitude, with sometimes growling voice. The chorus of "When You Are
Gone" is really good, such as the melodies of "Running Away", probably,
in my opinion, the best chorus in all the album. "Deathbed" is like a
Gothic Metal song, orchestrated and powerful, but it’s not "doom"
because of a jumping and shaking rhythmic section. What is, I think, the
lack of this album is the rough sound of the violin, not giving the
right sweetness and atmosphere to songs, and above all the unripe use of
vocals: English pronunciation is too "deutsch" and, even if probably
this is the singer’s strongest feature, the voice is nearly always
whining, and it could be annoying at last. It’s a pity because the
singer Martin Krauß has a good timbre and could surely do better in the
So, a good album showing an interesting new band, but they have to dedicate more time to smooth some roughness, both in sounds and composition.