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Sweden’s Avatar doles out a serving of dark-edged industrial-tinged modern metal on their latest album BLACK WALTZ. Taking pages from the likes of Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, and Slipknot to comprise a highly stylized form of heaviness (“Torn Apart”) with the unit’s proficient melodic death metal background as the cornerstone of their sound, this troupe effortlessly bounces from clinical to blistering with a plethora of devices and nuances that bear striking similarities to a bevy of other current metal bands in their arsenal. Sometimes sounding like In Flames (“In Napalm”), others like Hellyeah colliding with Ministry (“Use Your Tongue”), and still others whipping up a strange blend of grandiose pseudo gothic metal, Avatar’s schizophrenic musical leanings demonstrate an electronic pulse bolstered with strong songwriting and a keen sense of adventure, making BLACK WALTZ a diverse listening experience running the gamut of the metal spectrum. -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS