Blood of Saints
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Engel emerged onto the world stage with the release of the critically acclaimed full-length debut in 2007, Absolute Design, which displayed their unique, melodic rhythms and progressive beats combined with chilling twin guitar harmonies and powerful, impassioned vocals setting a new standard in modern melodic death metal derived from the highly praised Gothenburg Sound. This year heralds the start of a new chapter in the ever evolving Engel saga with the launch of their third and most epic new offering so far: Blood Of Saints. Legendary producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Dark Tranquillity) has been called upon to continue developing the sound and style that defines Engel as well as famed Gothenburg studio engineer Arnold Lindberg from Sound Industries to ensure that Blood of Saints will become one of the most eagerly awaited releases of this year so expect only the best of things to come in the future...
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This album has dubstep elements... I want to say, maybe it's not even so far from their Absolute Design, but might be my untrained ear. While this album might be a sudden surprise to Engel fans, I can find it enjoyable.
So, my advice when approaching this album is to have an open mind. Try not to approach with the attitude that anything dubstep is automatically garbage. I'm certainly not a fan of Skrillex, but I do enjoy this album. The more I listen to it, the more it grows on me.
I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable with Engel going any deeper into dubstepery, but that's another matter. I also do feel the guitar work and instruments have lost a little luster they had in, say, Threnody. Meh, can't win 'em all.
It turns out Engel plays melodic death metal...sort of. Melodic death metal is at the heart of Engel's sound, but there are - at least on this album - heavy elements from the alternative, electronic and even metalcore genres. Blood of Saints is very similar to recent In Flames albums (take that for what it's worth), but also brings to mind Raunchy and Mercenary. Clean and growled vocals alternate throughout, and there really is a lot of melody in these songs.
While I prefer my melodic death metal to sound more like Dark Tranquillity and Hypocrisy, I have to admit Engel plays their version of it pretty well. If you like the new In Flames sound, you're probably going to love this band. Blood of Saints is probably going to have a decent crossover appeal to fans of gothic metal like HIM and Dommin and fans of modern (but not too br00tal) metalcore.