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December Dark
June 2001
Released: 1998, Independent
Rating: 3.2/5
Reviewer: Rick

The metal scene in North America is definitely looking up. With the hopefully soon to be finished wave of mallcore that has swept North America many of the true metal bands and musicians were forced underground or out of business altogether when they could get no support whatsoever for the their brand of music. Now things are starting to brighten up. While I know that metal never disappeared it was surely in a state of confusion. Bands are starting to put out some great new metal which the underground is supporting. California is a great place for metal with such bands as Patton, Steamroller, Total Eclipse and the already renowned Imagika putting out great Cds. Now Tramontane can be added to this list. Now, I’m sure you are sitting there saying that this CD was release in 98. Well I just got it so I am going to review it.

The Cd kicks off with "Electric Gods" which is a great mid tempo galloping number. Vocalist Norman Skinner establishes himself as an up and coming vocal power on this track. His vocals are strong and the melody lines will have this song stuck in your head for days. The slow brooding track "Watching Over Me" deals with the disillusionment with organized religion. "Fade" builds slowly but then the double bass drums kick in and the listener is pummelled for the balance of the song. "Scorched Earth/December Dark" close out the CD with Skinner giving his best performance of the disc.

Tramontane have went through some member changes since the release of this 6 track album. They finally have in place a stable lineup and I look forward to hearing what a couple of years of shows and honing their skills will do to their next CD. Check out their website
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