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On disc: Sleeping Gods



- Above And Beyond - Volker Raabe - 4 stars









Above And Beyond

Above And Beyond
(AFM Records - 1997)


The German band Sleeping Gods is following the path of The Gathering. First, their music style is similar to the one of The Gathering before Mandylion. Second, they also have a girl on the microphone, at least partly. The opener Scene Of Emptiness and the following song The Die Is Cast is lacking the female vocals. So, I'm wondering why Anja Henning gets the credits for the vocals.... The Sleeping Gods play melodic gothic doom, but can't show any innovations. During the last years many bands like this one come and go. The label information is quoting fanzine reviews, but I can't agree. The band is boring and offer known stuff, nothing new or innovative. All songs have the same atmosphere and so boredom is what you feel after the third track. Sorry, perhaps next time I can give a higher rating.


4 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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