Admittedly, the album suffers from the Samael-syndrome, but fortunately only to a small extent. Anyway, it is another record of the band whose second half cannot fully keep up with the songs of the first half.
Yet the experienced formation avoids fillers and to build monuments like "Rain" or "Shining Kingdom" is anything else but a matter of course, even for undisputably great musicians.
And Samael show their skills in many ways. It is, for example, remarkable, that more or less each and every number develops its own character, although they are all based on similar patterns with nearly standardized playtimes.
Finally, and maybe this has been the greatest challenge that the Swiss artists mastered, "Passage" features a band that has modified its style in a comprehensible, credible and abssolutely convincing manner. Samael are not interested in stagnation, but they also do not surprise with experiments that stand in sharp contrast to the works that catapulted them into the focus of the scene. It can therefore be no doubt that the mid-nineties marked the golden age of Samael.
I will listen again to "Passage" - and I won't wait until to do so. This is magnificent. That is the first thing that popped into my head after playing it for the first time, and then the countless times afterwards, delaying my schoolwork.
No, I'm wrong. Go to school. Anyway, "Passage" is an almost perfect amalgamation of symphonic black metal and industrial metal. May be the best I've heard in a while, if not my entire career as a metal enthusiast. The album starts off with an amazing riff that made me smile the second I heard it, "Rain", my, what an opener. The album continues down the same awesome path of industrial passages that make you want to dance hence my title and riffs that make you headbang 'til your head is sore.
Needless to say, my teachers are worried as to why I like to nod to everything. Amazing to say it never gets boring, the riffs are all amazing, really heavy, really aplenty. None recycled. The guitars just might be my favorite aspect of the entire album. The drums are almost just there to keep a beat, but my what a beat. An awesome album from start to finish, excluding the drum machine I guess it might be suitable now that I consider, it is an industrial metal album after all , a great addition to any metalhead's collection, even if you're not into industrial, you might be after this.
And here we have Shining Kingdom. Angel's Decay. My Savior. Jupiterian Vibe. The Ones Who Came Before. Liquid Soul Dimension.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Wacky stuff all around. I mean, I might be overstating the case here a little, but the more I listen to Passage the odder it seems. There are 8 replies to this review. Last one on Tue Jan 18, am View and Post comments.
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