Ceremonial Perfection
Alone in the End


3.5
great

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
January 11th, 2011 | 65 replies | 13,400 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dedicated to Universum fans everywhere

Universum fans read: this is how modern melodic death metal, with clean vocals, is done. Riffs are crunchy and potent-sounding, and the growls of the vocalist involved, in this case by Vitali, are beefy and grizzly, the accompanying cleans being complimentary and harmonic in their roles within the music. Fake, tacked-on choruses and abundant amounts of cheese are notably absent as well. For the lactose intolerant metalhead in you or I, Ceremonial Perfection give us something worth digesting and diving into, and all before the stellar, new Dan Swano-produced Ominium Gatherum album drops in February, too.

Estonia’s Ceremonial Perfection offer Alone in the End, not being a revitalizing flare to the swaying and downtrodden melodic death metal genre, per se, but the album does carry that fleeting feeling of hope for this brand of music. It’s the kind of feeling that filled much of 2006’s Above the Weeping World, 2009’s Stone’s Reach and the 90s gem, Sacrilege’s Fifth Season, as well: this music can still sound fresh, alive, maybe not to its full potential here on Alone in the End. But the signs are there for something awesome to come from the band in the future.

Keyboards are used sparingly throughout on Alone in the End, adding a dab of ambiance here and there, such as on concert anthem “Through Your Devil Nature”, or to accompany a leading guitar riff as on “Autumn of Memories” and “Asymmetry”. As mentioned earlier Ceremonial Perfection never create music that comes across as cheesy or ear-grating. There are a few elements in the music where these boys from Estonia could have stepped it up a notch, though; a few acoustic interludes are nice, via “Intro” and “Through Your Devil Nature”, but more would have been welcome, as each track could have easily been as strong and head-bangable as the varied contrasting epic highlight, “My Labyrinth”.

What Alone in the End offers metalheads is surely something you’ve heard before, yet rarely these days is melodic death metal ever done this well, despite the album's shortcomings. Ceremonial Perfection carry a lot of potential for themselves, having much of the subgenre's problems already taken care of at this point in their career – unlike a certain band from Australia, mind you. And it’s fair to say that with a strong follow-up the band could easily place themselves in the upper tiers of the subgenre. Enjoyable and well-played, Alone in the End offer metalheads a glimpse of hope for everybody’s most hated/most loved brand of metal, melodic death in all it infamous glory.



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Tyrael
January 11th 2011



20740 Comments


Sounds good, I'm always searching for new melodeath. Checking this out now.

Crisis
January 11th 2011



169 Comments


Summary made me lol. Great review Jared, will definitely be checking this out.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2011



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Summary made me lol [2]

Damn, I thought I was pretty well-informed on my local metal scene but I've never even heard about these guys. Gonna look into this for sure.

Crisis
January 11th 2011



169 Comments


As soon as I read that they were Estonian I assumed you would have heard of them Styles haha

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2011



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know I would have assumed that too since I know of many metal bands around here, both good and bad. Haven't heard about these guys playing live anywhere either which is kinda weird.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2011



7143 Comments


Not into melodeath myself, but great review Jared; pos.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 11th 2011



5784 Comments


thanks for the comments guys, and real sorry to hear about your ban kyle

Crisis
January 11th 2011



169 Comments


Yeah I don't think I did anything ban worthy but nothing I can do about that now.

Darkvoid67
January 11th 2011



383 Comments


Great review Jared, this sounds interesting. Have a pos

Ticondaroga
January 11th 2011



231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Completely agree with the universum contrast, album is pretty good for what it is and pos/

jimmykidd
January 11th 2011



528 Comments


what's the point at taking a shot at universum and the fans? just my 2 cents. nice review though. pretty good album too.

Zion
January 11th 2011



812 Comments


Of all the In Flames lyrics to turn into a band name, Ceremonial Perfection?

Ponton
Emeritus
January 11th 2011



5784 Comments


what's the point at taking a shot at universum and the fans


they took shots at me, so i figured i'd return the favor

jimmykidd
January 11th 2011



528 Comments


'they took shots at me, so i figured i'd return the favor'

they're just opinions. i don't really see the point in bringing it into another bands review. seems a bit in bad taste. but hey, its your review, im just venting lol.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 11th 2011



5784 Comments


no, it wasn't just their opinions about the album that they voiced lol, trying to contact me angrily in real life is a bit too far and in bad taste haha

anyway, i used the band as a contrast view, point of referenc for this album's sound, wasn't particularily trying to be mean or malicious

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2011



17197 Comments


art+melodeath tag means i'll stay away from this. good review

jimmykidd
January 11th 2011



528 Comments


well i guess trying to contact you angrily is a bit over the top. who would've thought people would take the internet seriously? haha.

Nikkolae
January 12th 2011



4769 Comments


digging this alot, not sure what to rate it though, its way more than a 3.5 but never a 4

Digging: We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed at Pecket's Well

Josh D.
January 12th 2011



13967 Comments


This is boring sounding, and the drums are so fucking triggered sounding, I can't stand it.

In other news, Sputnik has added a related search feature to the search at the top right of the screen. Cool.

XplaugeX
January 12th 2011



185 Comments


Vox sorta bug me but I like the rest of the band. Drums could sound a lot better but I think the playing itself is awesome.



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