Black Abyss - Angels Wear Black
Black Abyss has worked over three years to release Angels Wear Black, the follower of Land Of Darkness (2000). During that time they have got their equipment (including studio tapes) stolen and has changed both the lineup of the band and record company. The result is, as could be expected, a quite fragmented creation.
Damnation fires off with a heavy riff that makes you expect a thrash album. But already on the second track, Unholy War, the chorus leans more to melodic power metal. On Dark Legacy the Helloween-Keeper sound is complete. But then a new turn, to a more classical heavy metal sound, with heavy riffs on Shadows Of The Past. I recommend the guitar solo - smooth feeling! Pure Evil the circle is closed - back to thrash. And so it continues! Unfortunately the following songs are not much to write about. But at least the final, When Angels Wear Black features some wonderful riffs that makes your last impression of this album a big smile.
As you probably can guess by now, this is a varied album,
impossible to put under a narrower label than heavy metal. But still
it doesn't really stick out in the large grey sea of metal. As well
as the sound of the album, the singer Olliver Horung also has his chameleon
moments when he varies between (almost
) falsetto and growl. Therefore
he earns the highest grade today.