Saturday, September 24, 2011

One and Done? Pt. 6: Advent: The Dawn

Advent is an Italian blackened death metal band with a fetish for H.P. Lovecraft. I gotta be honest, that sounds like an almost perfect formula for a band, but somehow it just did not work out that way for Advent.

Advent released just one album in 2003. They have released a couple of demos as well, one as recently as 2006, but the one full-length was it for them.

Their sound is actually somewhat similar to fellow Italian band Fleshgod Apocalypse but it is not as well accomplished. They do have the black metal characteristics of tremolo riffing and shrieked vocals, but they also have some clean vocals and significant keyboard parts. The clean vocals sound a lot like those of Borknagar.

The Lovecraft influence on the lyrics is obvious with tracks titled "Shub-Niggurath" and "The Thing That Sleeps in the Abyss". The lyrics feature lines pulled directly from Lovecraft.

The album is not bad, but it's not really that much different than a lot of other bands at the time. When it comes down to it, Advent was just too obscure and got lost in the shuffle.

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