Fairytale Abuse
Perversions of Angel VI


5.0
classic

Review

by The Writer Ov This Review USER (49 Reviews)
June 15th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Those damn Danish folks always pumping out the best melodic black metal.

Fairytale Abuse is a relatively unknown band in the sputnik ranks, well the basically relatively unknown anywhere as far as I know. There aren’t really many facts about the band that I can tell you due to the fact that I can’t find anything about this band other than this cd and The Spirit Tower.

Now when I call Fairytale abuse melodic black I’m not just throwing around that word just because of their symphonic moments, every aspect of the music from the band’s music is very melodic. The guitar work can be frantic but it maintains its melody throughout the whole album. There are quite a few symphonic moments on this record; basically this can be described as Cradle of Filth minus the gay.

Most of the vocals on the record are a wretched scream with occasional gutturals being thrown in here and there. The shrieks are very sinister and the gutturals are very overpowering, I sense that the person growling has a lot of anger issues, because man he can burp out some very mean lows. In other words there is a lot of fury in the vocal department and it is made very clear that this is not falsely created fury this is real and crushing. This is definitely a good band to start with if you’re looking into black metal, it’s probably not the best representation of the genre but it gives you an idea of what it’s like in an easily digestible way.

The keyboardist adds some great melodies to the already melodic orgy that is Fairytale Abuse, at points they create a very gloomy depressing atmosphere, and at others they almost sound really intense and uplifting. The growls are used a lot more on this record than they were on the previous full-length “The Spirit Tower”. There is quite a bit of vocal layering on this due to the dual vocal assault, when executed properly this can sound very powerful, most of the layered sections on this album are well thought out and sound great.

The lyrics on the album are good, not your typical satanic black metal lyrics. Most of the lyrics on this record are about epic battles and wars, still kind of typical, but there are also some very dark themed songs about death and deception. The best use of the symphonics is definitely in the song “At the Gates of Thorn” The symphonics alone on the song would be good enough for an instrumental track practically everything else is just a bonus. This record is packed full of epic songwriting and instrumentation but overall “Vivid the Blood Ill-Natured” takes the cake for most epic, and it packs a serious punch in the process. While the riffs on the album are entertaining they don’t stray too far away from the norm, though they do change pace quite a bit, for example the song “When One Bleeds” has a wicked rhythm section that is fairly slow that quickly morphs into some rather fast picking.

So the bottom line is, after years of aimlessly searching the internet for some quality metal, this is one of the few bands I have bumped into that actually hold a great deal of substance and remains consistent. I would even go as far to say that this is melodic black metal perfected, minus the lyrics of course which is really the only thing that is flawed on the album as far as I can see. If you don’t enjoy music that is melodic or are looking for something more towards the brutal side of things this isn’t the album for you. This may be extremely hard to find in the states, as far as I can tell it isn’t available here at all, but if you can find it, hard copy or not check it out, you won’t be disappointed. 5/5



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combustion07
June 15th 2009


5359 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

For a sample of the band go to http://www.fairytale-abuse.com/readscroll.php?scroll=downloads

Hawks
June 15th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm pretty sure I would love this album.

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Willie
Moderator
June 15th 2009


15977 Comments


The album cover and band name make me not want to hear this (not that I don't have music with equally bad names/covers). The review seems rushed too.

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BallsToTheWall
June 15th 2009


44388 Comments


Well tbh, this band does sound like Cradle. Decent review but a 5 towards melodic/symphonic black metal is a bit sketchy.

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combustion07
June 15th 2009


5359 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't its the only symphonic black metal album I'll probably ever give a 5.

Hawks
June 15th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well tbh, this band does sound like Cradle.

Well in that case I know I'd love this band lol.

BallsToTheWall
June 15th 2009


44388 Comments


Graveworm/Fairytale Abuse/Crade Of Filth/Shade Empire. It's all basically the same.

Hawks
June 15th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never heard of Shade Empire. Looks like I have to check them out too.

combustion07
June 15th 2009


5359 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't there is something about this for me that sets it apart from everything else in the genre. Yeah the shot at Cradle was kinda uncalled for, I actually kind of enjoy them, but either way I find this superior.

Wizard
June 15th 2009


19407 Comments


Good review once again, been on a role.

I'm going to let Hawks investigate this one for me; if he hates hates it, I'm in hahahaha. The Cradle reference threw me off a bit.

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Hawks
June 15th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

God dammit Wiz.

combustion07
June 16th 2009


5359 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I'll probably be on a role for awhile lol. It's summer so I'm out of school and all its been doing here is storming so there isn't much to do except pump out reviews and get the last.fm plays up.

darkwargreymon
June 19th 2009


188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Very good album and band. I discovered them on myspace a while back and they totally blew my mind. If you still don't believe me, look at my lastFM profile: http://www.last.fm/user/darkmanv5 you will see they are the third band on top, and at one point they were the top band I listened to. I strongly suggest cheeking out heir material, but I wouldn't compare them with CoF. I would say they are more of a mix of death metal growling with typical melodic black metal, but this album is very fast and heavy even for this melodic genre.

combustion07
June 19th 2009


5359 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah their pretty awesome.

Hawks
June 25th 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another really good album by this band. I like this one more than The Spirit Tower. This band reminds me more of Graveworm than it does of Cradle.



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