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Dying Embers – Where Shadeless Dwell Frozen

Dying Embers
Where Shadeless Dwell Frozen
by Brian "Metal" Morton at 31 March 2019, 9:25 PM

DYING EMBERS is a one man band led by Jürgen Schurz. “Where Shadeless Dwell Frozen” is the first full length album from the band. DYING EMBERS has been labeled Melodic Death Metal, but I don’t know if I would call it that myself. I think it gives off more of a Power Metal feel with some slight Death Metal influences. Now, I am not knocking the band in the slightest because the album is pretty awesome, but I just thought I needed to address the genre issue.

The album starts off pretty strong with the first track “Pursue the Light”. This track honestly shows you exactly what to expect throughout the entire album. The clean vocals are pretty good as well as the growls. I think the guitars are what take the cake in the song though. “Beyond the Crimson Haze” is the second song on the list and it actually gives of a bit of a Folk Metal vibe mixed with Power and Death Metal. The song itself is put together pretty well and is pretty catchy.

“Praise the Signs” sounds a little more Death Metal than the previous songs and I think it’s because the guitars have a little more oomph to them. I really liked this song quite a bit. “Fields of Fire” has a morose feel to it. I really like that he switched it up a little and gave us this song because it gives the album a little more substance. This is one of my favorites on the album. “Ignite the Sky” is the most Melo-Death song I have heard as far as the instruments go. The vocals just aren’t Death honestly even with the growls. Usually a Melodic Death Metal band has more growls than cleans as far as I know and am used to.

“Carved Into Fate” has a synth intro, which I felt didn’t really fit the song very well. The rest of the song is pretty good though, especially near the end when it gets a bit more chug to it. “Where Shadeless Dwell Frozen” is a really well written instrumental and gives you a nice little break. I really wasn’t expecting the title track to be an instrumental though, I think that’s a first for me! “Dead to the World” has the best Death Metal vocals up to this point in the album. This is also another song that gives off the sense of depression while having some energy behind it.

“In Cold Embrace” in all honesty comes off as “Radio Metal” which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely sounds a bit poppy at some points. It is still a pretty decent song and kinda reminds me of the band PAIN. The final song on the album is “Darkside” and it is the most metal song on the album. It has a ton of energy as well as some really nice melodic breaks. This is by far the best song on the album and my favorite.

Songwriting: 7
Memorability: 6
Originality: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Pursue the Light
2. Beyond the Crimson Haze
3. Praise the Signs
4. Fields of Fire
5. Ignite the Sky
6. Carved Into Fate
7. Where Shadeless Dwell Frozen
8. Dead to the World
9. In Cold Embrace
10. Darkside
Lineup:
Jürgen Schurz – Guitars/Vocals/Programming
Record Label: Black Sunset
     


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