Released: 2006, Gain/Sony BMG
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Avatar is a fairly young band with the members being only 18 years old. With a heritage from Gothenburg Sweden, you can easily figure out what type of music they play: yes, it’s death metal; Gothenburg style in the veins of The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, and In Flames. Unfortunately, Avatar is not as good as the bands just mentioned.
Music-wise, it works pretty well. Despite their young age, they are phenomenal musicians; the problems concern the lead singer Johannes. Johannes’ voice hasn’t quite got what it takes to sing this kind of music, and he often really lacks the power to make the music great. There is one instrumental track, called “Sane”, and 10 other tracks that the band has written together. Even though they have got pretty OK stuff, there is nothing that establishes that it’s Avatar we’re hearing. These are probably things that they can correct in the near future. After all, they do have all the time in the world to fix the already-mentioned errors I think they have at the moment.
Avatar has the future ahead of them and I look forward to making their acquaintance in a few years when both their music and Johannes’ voice have fully matured. Killer tracks are “Bound to the Wall”, “Last One Standing”, “War Song” and “My Lie”.