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February 2008
Released: 2007, Gain/SONY BMG
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

SCHLACT is the return of the young Swedish act Avatar who released their debut album THOUGHTS OF NO TOMORROW in 2006. Avatar has done two European tours with Hardcore Superstar and Evergrey as well as being opening act for In Flames on their Scandinavian tour last year. Despite their young age they are not newcomers in the business. The band’s obvious influences are other Gothenburg acts like The Haunted, Dark Tranquility and In Flames and to be honest I think Avatar has heavily overdosed on those act’s music. Unfortunately, Avatar has copied their idol’s sounds and they haven’t added anything new of their own into SCHLACHT.

The band members are extremely talented and good musicians and that is why I’m so surprised they haven’t come up with anything of their own. They just sound like a clone of their influences. Lead singer Eckerström has gotten his voice in order and he sounds a lot better here compared to what he did on the debut and that’s at least one positive thing. Somewhere on the road have the guys have lost themselves and their own sound and to add more flames to the fire have they even featured a guest guitar appearance on “Letters from Neverend” by In Flames guitarist Björn Gelotte.

Lyrically and musically, SCHALCHT is remotely better than the debut but the band haven’t progressed far enough yet. I hope they drop the In Flames worship in the future and start delivering some Avatar music for the masses. I am a fan of modern thrash however; this does not impress me at all. Avatar is gonna be out on the road with Obituary in January all over Europe and that’s something to look forward to for all fans of the band.
Track Listing

All which is Black
4 am Breakdown
As It Is
All Hail The Queen
When Your Darkest Hour Comes
I Still Hate You
Die With Me
The End of Our Ride
Letters From Neverend


John Alfredsson – drums
Johannes Eckerström – lead vocals
Jonas Jarlsby – guitar
Simon Andersson – guitar
Henrik Sandelin – bass

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