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Blessed By The Night
The Dark Metal Compilation
May 2001
Released: 2000, Zoomica / SPV Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

I’m not usually one for compilation CD’s because I am more into hearing full CD’s by a band. However, they serve a purpose and that is to provide us with a (hopefully) cheap way to check out a bunch of bands that we otherwise might never of heard. The focus of this two CD set, as revealed in the title, is “dark metal.” By dark metal the creators of this CD include some sprinkles of death and black metal but with a strong atmospheric / gothic feel. Therefore, although this is a compilation it flows nicely and the creators did a great job of picking songs that fit together from different bands. In total 28 bands are on this CD.

Most of the bands on this CD that I liked I already own. For example Amorphis, Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Vintersorg and Danzig. There is some really bad stuff on here, for example the track by Cultus Sanguine has REALLY bad vocals and “Halloween III” by The Bleeding Light will put you to sleep – so hypnotic, so boring ZZZzzzzzz!! There are some surprise tracks like “Deathcon 6” by Malignant Eternal. That track stood out for me and I'll keep my eyes open for more stuff on the band.

It’s had to try and sum up 28 bands in one review. Your best bet is if you like “dark metal” you won’t need this CD because you already know what’s good or what’s crap (to you). If you’ve only heard a few bands from this style and you want to hear more, this CD will provide you with a great entry point.
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