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Rise of a Dying World
Released: 2007, Sarea Music Management
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This Swedish act was formed by Axelsson, Larsson and Wetterhall, the only steady members in a constantly-changing line-up. The main philosophy behind the band is that all the members should be fans of their own music. The debut album features well-known names like Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At the Gates), Jocke Göthberg (Dimension Zero) and Daniel Heiman (ex- Lost Horizon). Sarea is all about delivering modern heavy metal that’s both technical and complex. The music is influenced by power metal and has an edge of thrash in it. A lot of heavy and mean guitar riffs are stapled onto each other and the very tight rhythm section makes a solid foundation. Sarea sounds unlike anything I’ve heard - they definitely have their own approach and it’s mostly positive.
RISE OF A DYING WORLD is 45 minutes long and all of the songs are high-class. There are some really nice sections where singer Wetterhall gets help from the brutal Lindberg and the album contains many golden moments. If I had to pick out killer tracks I’d choose the fast and technical heavy metal tune “The Summoning”; “Apocalyptiance” is a highlight with its modern heavy metal approach combined with heavy riffs and aggressive, brutal lead vocals; “Skyline Fall” and “Mind Ignition” are two heavy metal tracks with a heavy dose of power metal in them; “Extermination”, “Epoch Armageddon” and “The Plague” are three dangerous songs that lean towards being thrash tunes. Göthberg appears on all three tracks and he adds brutality and fierceness to the songs. And to bring even more edge to the songs they’ve added a female vocal named Sigrid Lagander who sings parts in certain songs.
To be honest there are a few songs that don’t make the cut like “Souls on Departure”, which is a strange goth/black rock song; and “Volcanian Sun”, both of which shouldn’t have been featured on the album at all. To make the next album even stronger I think the band should narrow down the influences and stick to maybe one or two to make the album a bit more compact. I’m not happy with a few things when it comes to the production; most of the material sounds excellent, but I think that the production a little low-budget. But those flaws fade when viewed in the big picture and the band seems hungry and eager to get somewhere. They have almost managed to make the ultimate debut album and I think Sarea is one of Sweden’s next big musical exports.
1. The Summoning
3. Souls on Departure
4. Skyline Fall
5. Mind Ignition
6. Script from Escapism
7. Volcanian Sun
9. Epoch Armageddon
10. The Plague
Mattias Wetterhall – lead vocals
Johan Axelsson – guitar
Calle Larsson – drums
Johan Larsson – bass
Martin Persson – keyboards
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