Before The Dawn Rise of the Phoenix
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Spec
April 29th 2012



26836 Comments


This isn't Tenacious D.

BallsToTheWall
April 29th 2012



44164 Comments


Hate this bands name so much.

Whispered4tw
April 29th 2012



565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The band is consistent but also very basic in their sound. Never really spectacular or anything.

For me Perfect Storm is the best track on this record, followed by Closure.

Darkwatch025
April 29th 2012



142 Comments


How the hell can you not mention the fact there are no clean vocals on this record? That was the biggest change of all between this and the last album.

NonApplicable
April 30th 2012



1827 Comments


Band is the epitome of average.

Phragmine
April 30th 2012



35 Comments


I miss Lars.

sexpoi
May 1st 2012



597 Comments


cool, I thought these guys fell off the map a while ago. good review

Ikarus14
May 3rd 2012



519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album was decent. Nothing groundbreaking, though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2012



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well that's what I was trying to convey throughout my review: this is solid for what it is, but don't go into it expecting any innovation or anything.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2012



6735 Comments


Just started to listen to this Styles, you preettyyyy much hit the nail on the head with this though:

this is solid for what it is, but don't go into it expecting any innovation or anything.




bogert
May 5th 2012



17 Comments


This their best and one of my Best ever..

ikarus
May 18th 2012



559 Comments


I can't help thinking I'm listening to an Insomnium album while listening to this.

Yazz_Flute
May 21st 2012



18736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoyed this more than I expected. Pretty solid melo-death.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2012



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This:

can't help thinking I'm listening to an Insomnium album while listening to this.
is why I think quite a few people round these parts may enjoy it. Afterall, Insomnium is in high regard here.

sexpoi
June 11th 2012



597 Comments


insomnium is in high regard in a decent amount of places because they know what people want out of their melo-death, epicness.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013



11424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Chorus riff in "Phoenix Rising" is as awesome as the band's name is shit.

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arturo1986
February 14th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Luckily, "Rise of the Phoenix" is a quite acceptable except where the band seems to take a new direction in style, somewhat harder. This is by far the heaviest of the BTD album to date, and seems to channel a lot of personal frustration and anger in music. Gone are the super-melodic choruses that made songs like Deathstar Rising Deadsong and so addictive. Instead, there is an increase in the influence of Black and a step toward the general brutality. That does not mean that the old sound is gone. The melancholy of some of these bands Finnish bands is still there, as grim as ever, just merged with a feeling more anger.The album covers a lot of moods,has an excellent guitar work, is one of the best bands of 2012 for me!

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013



11424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Use the sound-off feature.

Shogun
May 28th 2013



399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoy some of the riffs a lot but cant help but feel Im listening to a watered down Insomnium record.

Digging: Insomnium - Shadows of the Dying Sun

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2013



8221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Watered-down is a strong word. "Abbreviated" or "more direct" would be more fitting tags.



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