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Album Review

This greatest-hits set successfully chronicles the career of Sweden's Cemetary, tracing the group's transformation from brutal death metal into a techno-inflected, gothic metal sound. Except for the nonchronological song sequence, there is little to criticize here, as even the band's earliest, most primitive songs ("Where the Fire Forever Burns," "And Julie Is No More," "Where the Rivers of Madness Stream") possess distinctive melodies and hooks. Of the band's later, "post-growl" material, highlights include "Scarecrow," "Ophidian," and "Sweet Tragedy." Closing the album is the song "Sundown," the name used by bandleader Mathias Lodmalm for a side project that eventually lured him away from Cemetary.


Formed: 1991

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

After bowing in 1992 with the straightforward death metal album An Evil Shade of Grey, the Swedish band Cemetary began tinkering with the genre on 1993's Goddess Beauty, incorporating both '70s rock and goth rock into the mix. Before recording 1994's Black Vanity, vocalist and guitarist Mathias Lodmalm dismissed the rest of the band, opting to produce the album on his own; the result pushed Cemetary further into the gothic realm. The transformation into a gothic metal band was complete with the 1996...
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