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maandag 26 maart 2018
KILLING GHANDI: Aspirations Of Failure

Release: 2018-02-23
Style: melodic death metal
Country: Denmark
Playing Time: 38:41
Cat. N°: MAS CD 1010
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: 8/10


Killing Ghandi already put themselves in the spotlights and caused a stir with the debut ‘Cinematic Parallels’ (2015), but now it seems as if the Danish band is really ready to strike with an international breakthrough. Their sophomore album ‘Aspirations Of Failure’ happens to be a melodic death metal album which is able to appeal to many people. There is a perfect balance between raucousness and melody.

Think of inciting rhythms with a sniff of Amon Amarth (‘Art Of Silence’) and the catchy choruses of Children Of Bodom or early In Flames, while the harsh vocals of Thorbjørn Jensen are echoed by clean chants. By the way, his vocals are varied and juicy all album long, while founder member/guitarist Martin Arendal presents us a wide range of excellent guitar skills. He is also responsible for the autobiographical concept in the lyrics. Frivolous keyboard layers can be heard in some of the songs, yet this album is above all a charming and exciting experience on the thin line between harsh and melodic bliss. Thus it is not for orthodox death metal freaks, but rather a must have for those who like a bit more melody in their accessible death/black metal.


Met het debuut ‘Cinematic Parallels’ (2015) wist Killing Ghandi zich al aardig in de schijnwerpers te plaatsen, maar nu lijkt de Deense band echt rijp voor een internationale doorbraak. Tweede album ‘Aspirations Of Failure’ is namelijk een melodieus death metalalbum dat best brokken kan maken. Perfecte balans tussen ruwheid en melodie.

Denk aan opzwepende ritmes met een knipoog naar Amon Amarth (‘Art Of Silence’) en de toegankelijke refreinen van Children Of Bodom of vroege In Flames, waarbij ruwe strot Thorbjørn Jensen geruggensteund wordt door cleane vocalen. Zijn zang is trouwens gevarieerd en gretig op heel het album, terwijl oprichter/gitarist Martin Arendal ons een keur aan excellent gitaarwerk presenteert en ook nog verantwoordelijk was voor een autobiografisch concept. Frivole keyboardondersteuning treedt op in sommige songs, maar toch is dit album over de hele lijn een opzwepende en charmante belevenis op de dunne lijn tussen ruw en melodieus. Niet voor orthodoxe death metallers dus, maar wel een belevenis voor zij die meer melodie in hun hapklare brok death/black willen.


Opus No 6 (0:21)
Let Me Tell You (2:58)
Dark Hours (4:00)
Hollow Paintings (4:06)
The Great Escape (3:57)
Opus No 2 (1:18)
Art Of Silence (4:00)
My True Being (3:47)
The Painter And The Sleeper (5:13)
Farewell (3:50)
Opus No 1 (0:40)
Building My Own Fate (3:57)


Thorbjørn Jensen: vocals
Martin Arendal: guitars
Kasper Gram: bass
Rasmus Schmidt: drums

Geplaatst door Vera op maandag 26 maart 2018 - 12:37:31
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