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Thurisaz - "Scent of a Dream" (CD)

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"Scent of a Dream" track listing:

1. A Timeless Flame (7:11)
2. Scent of a Dream (8:42)
3. Years of Silence (7:19)
4. When Images Are Fading (4:50)
5. Anno Viroviacum (5:32)
6. Endless... (5:32)
7. Years of Silence (acoustic) (6:09)

Reviewed by on January 4, 2010

"'Scent of a Dream' is a spectacular piece of work."

Upon seeing the frosty album art for Thurisaz’s debut album “Scent of a Dream,” I immediately assumed that this album was either a black metal or a folk metal release. When the opening track “Timeless Flame” kicked in with synth from the start, I thought it was a symphonic black metal band. Indeed, it is very much influenced by black metal and had a very black feel to it. From then on, this album changed from black metal to melodic death to symphonic black/gothic metal, with a couple of tracks that are almost straight up progressive metal. Too much? Not at all. Thurisaz combines these genres masterfully and have created an epic, stunning album.

For the most part, I think I would call this album melodic death metal, but it’s still hard to nail it to that genre completely. “Timeless Flame” and the title track are long epics; the first, as I said before, more black while the title track is more death (though the second half slows down to a more doom-y part). “Years of Silence” and “When Images are Fading” are two beautiful songs that are more progressive and very comparable to Opeth. The closing track “Endless…” is also very progressive and reminds me a lot of Amorphis’ latest stuff. My version of this album came with a live acoustic version of “Years of Silence,” which is still a great track, but doesn’t really make or break the album.

While the amount of influences on this album are pretty expansive, this band knows how to take those genres and mix them into a coherent album that maintains about the same feel and atmosphere the entire way through. The production value is very crisp and the music is epic, moving, and powerful. The whole album contains a lot of synth; this and the clean vocals may put some off, but they are both tastefully and masterfully done. The only problem I have with the album is that some of the lyrics in the clean vocals don’t always flow so well, but that is a very minor issue.

I was very surprised by this album. I had never heard of this band before and I’m not really sure why. “Scent of a Dream” is a spectacular piece of work. It is not common to hear a band combine so many genres into such a consistent, articulate album that really has no weak parts. While this album isn’t anything new, it is just good, solid music. Thurisaz are master musicians, and I would recommend this album to any metal fan period.

Highs: Stunning, genre blending music that is consistent and epic.

Lows: Minor lyrical issues; basically inconsequential.

Bottom line: Incredible music that masterfully weaves itself through multiple genres.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)