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Kytokinesis I think the problem with the album is that the songs don't have enough variation in them (and your expectations ;P). Some very simple things could make that album a lot better:

- Greater variation in song lengths/structure (e.g., the interlude before the final track is a good example, but a longer epic would be nice)
- More deviation in tempos (in particular, a few faster ones would help)
- Use of a few different modes/scales not typically found in thrash/doom

I remember reading a review of this album and the guy said they were maximising their potential and give it somewhere around 65-70% rating. While I agreed with the rating, I didn't agree with the reasoning. For the reasons above, they certainly are not maximising their potential. I feel the same way about the album Dead Heart in a Dead World by Nevermore.

I think there is a very good reason for that, the result of Nevermore being a groove metal band than the circumstance of a band wanting to sound like a slowed down bluesy version of their favourite thrash bands. Nevermore has a very strong Candlemass influence, if you combine that with thrash, then you're going to sound a bit like a groove metal band (musically). Then having a melodic singer with operatic vocals will certainly separate you from someone like Phil Anselmo. On top of that, I think Warrel Dane is --- on a lyrical level, a notch above most vocalists. I have a hard time picking sometimes which tracks/albums I like the most. One of my favourites is No More Will:



I think it combines the best of their influences - Doom at the start, thrash in the middle, grooves under the shreddy guitar solos. How can you not headbang at 1:28?

Would you put Morgana Lefay in the same category as Nevermore along with the others?





What about Psychotic Waltz? They have a similar aesthetic to Nevermore:





That album did have some good moments, but The Blackening came out at a more important time for me. Halo just happens to hit the right notes for me.
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#42
A Social Grace is up there with Awaken the Guardian, Spectre Within, Holocaust's Covenant, Born of the Cauldron, Enchanter's Defenders of the Realm, Winter Kill etc.
A heathen, conceivably
but not,

I hope,
I’m not ashamed to be white
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Civilization is unnatural

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#43
VampireGoldfish Yes, I love some of those albums (haven't heard all of them) you listed, and I know that Psychotic Waltz falls under the progressive metal bill. I was just pointing out the similarities between Psychotic Waltz and Nevermore.
#44
Love Morgana Lefay... Their specific blend of power metal and groove makes them unique in their own right, with the two genres being pretty much polar opposites. They always had a distinct melodic european power metal overall approach to songwriting and a lot of their riffs. The chorus riffing of My Funeral's Calling shows what I'm talking about.
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