Thurisaz
Scent of a Dream


4.5
superb

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
October 17th, 2007 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thurisaz played their own style flawlessly here, and in doing so created one of the most under-rated albums this decade. Get it. Now.

There are some albums that just click with you. Some albums that upon hearing, you know straight away that you are going to love them for a long, long time. Love on first hearing, if you will. Now, it's pretty obvious that's the way I feel about this album, so I'm going to cut straight to the point here. This album is bloody amazing.

To describe they sound that Thurisaz create is ridiculously hard. They incorporate elements of black, death, progressive, pagan and symphonic metal. Add with that some gothic melodies and plenty of atmosphere... and it still doesn't quite describe them. I could try to describe them with words, serene, beautiful, haunting, epic, grand. No, none of them do the album justice. Let's try drawing similarities with other bands, let's see... Imagine the symphonic elements of Sigh, mixed with the progressive tendencies of Opeth, and the atmosphere and beauty of Amorphis?. No. Yet again, that still doesn't give enough of a description for these guys, so I'll have to try to explain it without summing them up, for that would be impossible. This album will leave you speechless at points, unable to talk after being subject to such a melodic assault on your ears; in the end of it all, there is no way to describe this album in mere words alone. The maturity, and the skill of this band's songwriting is in rare supply these days. Each song is memorable, each one is perfectly paced, and probably best of all, none of them are repetitive in the slightest. Which, looking at the track listing, is a pretty good feat.

Technically, the band is flawless, each riff is melodic and splendid to listen to. The drumming is creative, and free to work it's magic in the background. Even the bass, while being quiet, has it's moments where it shines through to create some beautiful rhythms, especially on the two softer songs. Then, on top of all this add on the symphonic element Thurisaz have in their music, and you realise they have nearly reached perfection on this album. Throughout the album, the guitarists play a lot of varied and interesting riffs. They shred, they play melodic leads, they slow it down at parts, basically, they put on one hell of a performance, giving the music a constant quality, which allows the vocalists and the drumming to shine. The drumming is of a very good quality in this album, constantly varying the speed might make the album sound messy, but he manages to get it to sound constant, and if you don't listen closely, you might miss the subtle changes in tempo he makes. Despite that though, he can also blast you away with his foot speed, when his blast-beats make an appearance, you sure know about it.

The vocals on this album deserve a paragraph for themselves, seriously, you get treated to all the different spectrum's of styles here. From black shrieks to death growls, melodic clean vocals to mid-tempo singing. The band's best asset here, is not that they use a lot of different vocals styles, it is that they know when to use them, and for how long. For example, the opener, 'A Timeless Flame' starts off with the typical black metal shriek, mixing in with the symphonic keyboards, before you get treated to a death growl, much akin to Graveworm, it continues like this for a while, using the same formula, but then when you get the clean vocals kicking in, it is a splendid moment in the album. For they sound great and fit perfectly with the atmosphere this band creates. From then on, the song changes at every twenty seconds or so, and you get the first taste of the band's great ability to keep you captivated while listening to their music. Lyrically, the band sticks to the dark atmosphere they create in their songs, but without venturing into the death and gore lyrics a lot of bands do. Instead, their lyrics can be interperated different ways, good or bad.

The light that I have seen
Forever in my dreams
Something has awoken inside me
Amazing could this be?
It's feeling so unreal
The part that has awoken inside me

While they certainly aren't the best lyrics you will hear, they sure do stick in your head, and show a certain degree of quality. There is not a single track on this album that you might consider skipping, each one has several moments where you just think 'wow', even the simpler ballad songs. "Years of Silence" and "Endless...", the latter showing off some of the gloomiest vocals on the album, and being a solid ending to the album, the solo in particular sounds emotional and brings the song to an impressive climax.

What Thurisaz impress me most with, above the technical greatness and the mature and brilliant songwriting. Is the sense of conveying a story in each song. In particular "Anno Viroviacum", the song starts very folky, with some chanting in the background of the slow and powerful guitars, and then it stops, and an acoustic guitar starts playing an ingenious melody. With the vocalist whispering the lyrics, before screaming out the last word and being blasted by a grand black metal riff, which is probably the most memorable on an album full of splendid guitar play throughout. This song keeps a break-neck pace, going from one extreme to the next, and not dying down until the very last second. It also contrasts highly with the ballad that finishes the album, a superb pick of song placement.

When an artist tries to ambitiously reach beyond the boundaries of metal genres, and create something unique, something like this. It's either going to be a massive success, or fail. Thurisaz played their own style flawlessly here, and in doing so created one of the most under-rated albums this decade. Get it. Now.



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CatfishJones
October 17th 2007


24 Comments


Someone uploaded this to the Daily Download in R/M. Sounds like I need to check this out.

Wizard
October 17th 2007


19644 Comments


This sounds like my type of album.
Crimson,
Your reviews are always enjoyable to read and you have now hyped this album up to the point that this is going to be analyzed a bit closer tonight with a few downloads. If I like it, it will surely go on my list of must-haves!

"This album will leave you speechless at points, unable to talk after being subject to such a melodic assault on your ears"
I fucking loved that line!

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2007


16478 Comments


This album certainly intrigues me. Nice review as usual.

rattlehead42147
October 18th 2007


1345 Comments


i will get this indeed!

McP3000
October 18th 2007


3941 Comments


Well written, but...i dunno...seems more like an advertisement.

5/5 for an album no one has heard of yet? Ballsy.

Angmar
October 18th 2007


2689 Comments


Why should an albums popularity/well knowness affect the rating?
It's a really good album, don't be accusing the reviewer of advertising just because the album is obscure.

Anyways awesome review, the same can be said for the album.This Message Edited On 10.18.07

ZapatoDiablo
October 18th 2007


167 Comments


Now that's my kind of cover art! Cool review Crimson I definitely want to check this out now.

Crimson
October 18th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys, I enjoyed writing this review, and it's nice to know that people enjoyed my review.

5/5 for an album no one has heard of yet? Ballsy.

I'm not even going to argue against that point.
So yeah, erm... check this out, I can't get enough of it right now.

Neoteric
October 18th 2007


3243 Comments


You are a really good writer, marvelous review.

Dethtrasher
October 18th 2007


2211 Comments


Sweet review :thumb: I will try to hunt this down. I liked the way you described the music. The album cover is solid gold though.

Crimson
October 18th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The album cover is sort of what the music atmosphere is like. If you get what I'm trying to say.

Confessed2005
October 18th 2007


3314 Comments


Reminds me sort of Opeth's Morningrise, or perhaps My Arms, Your Hearse.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2007


16478 Comments


Love the cover as well.... I must have this... but I need money first.

Crimson
October 18th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Reminds me sort of Opeth's Morningrise, or perhaps My Arms, Your Hearse.
I'm not really keen on Opeth, so can't comment.

foreverendeared
October 19th 2007


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://thebestmetalalbums.blogspot.com/2007/05/thurisaz-scent-of-dream.html

here's the link 2 download since no torrents of this seem to be in existence and even their website doesnt sell this record anymore.

amazing CD and a really awesome review!

ZapatoDiablo
October 22nd 2007


167 Comments


I haven't heard this one yet . The new album is pretty sweet though, when are you gonna review it Crimson?

Crimson
October 22nd 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol, I wasn't planning on, but maybe I will, tomorrow if so. I think I prefer this over CR though.This Message Edited On 10.22.07

ZapatoDiablo
October 22nd 2007


167 Comments


Haha just wonderin mate. I guess I really need to hear this one then.

BallsToTheWall
November 10th 2007


44805 Comments


Never heard these guys till now. Listening to a bit off thir new stuff, pretty great.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Zoo
November 10th 2007


3759 Comments


This review is nastiness. Checking this out now and it sounds good so far.



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