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The Bereaved
Darkened Silhouette
July 2005
Released: 2005, Black Lotus Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Well here’s a band that is about 7 years behind the times. With a statement like that, it probably seems like I’m going to bash the shit out of The Bereaved, but in actual fact I’m quite smitten with the lovably “out” style and sound of this band. See, The Bereaved were formed back in 1998 with the intent to play Swedish melodic death metal. Of course, back then the band would have fit right in to the metal scene, what with their typically harsh vocals, thrashy-yet-melodic twin guitars, and driving riffs. However, it seems that lineup problems conspired to keep the band out of the limelight until 2003 when they managed to finally release their first demo. Now signed to Black Lotus Records (one of the most hit or miss labels I can think of), they have at long last put out their official debut album.

Adorned with a truly bizarre cover (I don’t want to know what the hell that woman is doing), DARKENED SILHOUETTE is exactly the album you would have expected to come out of the melo-death scene of the late-‘90s. It’s all here, blazed down on the plastic, the album that Eucharist or perhaps At the Gates never released, perhaps more thrashy than both, with a slightly more modern production, but those grooves and solos are unmistakably melo-death. Of course, one can debate the necessity of such an album here in 2005, and I’m positive that there will be those that shit on The Bereaved just because it’s “cool” to do so, but goddamned if “Soaked Mud Remain” doesn’t win you over immediately. Sure, it’s not considered brutal or cutting edge anymore, but a good melo-death album can still go down just right – and DARKENED SILHOUETTE does just that.

Fuck trends and all that shite, it’s obvious that after all this time has passed, The Bereaved are doing this because they love it. They’re not doing anything new and they know it (at least I hope so!), but who cares, this is simply great metal.
Track Listing

1. Soaked Mud Remain
2. Silverspoon
3. The Bereaved
4. Vital Organ Theft
5. Hollow Child
6. My Dying Pride
7. Pathetic
8. Devil’s Deal
9. Angels Ablaze
10. Fatal Human Rapture
11. Lines in Shape
12. The Abyss

Lineup

Tobhias Ljung: Drums, Backing Vocals
Henrik Tranemyr: Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Johny Westerback: Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Mikael Nilsson: Bass/Keyboards

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The Bereaved
Darkened Silhouette
January 2006
Released: 2004, Black Lotus Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Pataklysm

Alas, another At The Gates clone, though a good one at that. If you are sick of these types of Swedish “copycats", I would recommend you keep away. I, on the other hand, like the mad guitar riffery and fast paced thrashin', so if your tastes are similar to mine, keep reading. If you are a fan of Dark Tranquility's GALLERY or At The Gates' SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL, you are bound to like DARKENED SILHOUETTE.



Right from the get-go, The Bereaved's great guitar riffs on “Soaked Mud Remain” had me hooked! Awesome, catchy songs are the name of the game here. There is a wide range of excellent drumming on DARKENED SILHOUETTE, as well, as Tobhias Ljung's beats accent this music perfectly from steady thrash beats on “Soaked Mud Remain” and “Vital Organ Theft” to enormous blast beatings on “Silverspoon” and “Angel's Ablaze,” not to mention his excellent footwork. The Bereaved are overall great musicians. Guitarists Henrik Tranemyr and Jonny Westerback have great solo technique…check out the solo on “Soaked Mud Remain” to hear what I mean. I don't know what it is about Sweden but this country spits out some of the best guitarists on the planet (it must be in the beer). While Mikael Nilsson's bass is not as prevalent on DARKENED SILHOUETTE, his keyboard is, making for a very epic sound on some songs (“Fatal Human Rapture,” “Angel's Ablaze”). Westerback seems to have no trouble spitting out his heavy, aggressive vocals while performing his stellar guitar licks, either. Sounding a lot like Jonas Kjellgren from Carnal Forge, Westerback's voice suits the music nicely. Ljung does some backing vocals, a dn his clean vocal style (check out the song "The Bereaved") changes things up a little, yet could have been spared, being a little cheesy for my liking.



Definitely not a one-dimensional album, DARKENED SILHOUETTE kept my attention from front to back. If you like your death melodic and your thrash "the Swedish way," give it a listen. I was a bit skeptical of yet another Swedish thrash band but was turned into a fan of The Bereaved. Only time will tell if these guys can keep this madness up.





KILLER KUTS: Soaked Mud Remain, Silverspoon, Vital Organ Theft
Track Listing

1. Soaked Mud Remain
2. Silverspoon
3. The Bereaved
4. Vital Organ Theft
5. Hollow Child
6. My Dying Pride
7. Pathetic
8. Devil's Deal
9. Angel's Ablaze
10. Fatal Human Rapture
11. Lines in Shape
12. The Abyss

Lineup

Vocals/Guitar - Jonny Westerback
Guitar - Henrik Tranemyr
Bass - Mikael Nilsson
Keyboards – Tony Thoren
Drums/Backing Vocals - Tobhias Ljung

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