Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s the gothic death metal band Crematory with Transmigration, which was released on on April 7, 1993.
As a gothic death metal album, the keyboard work on this album is very important. It fills the album with a sense of dread, which compliments everything behind it. Most accenting melodies that would normally be played on another guitar track are played on keyboards here. In addition, the lightness of the keyboards perfectly balances the low elements of everything else. I enjoy the lead guitar work here a lot. The solos are pretty creative. It’s much better than the actual riffs of the songs, in my opinion.
For a death metal album, the riffs here are pretty shallow. This is a much more keyboard driven album. The keyboard means a lot more to the mood of the songs than the riffs do. There certainly are a few good ones, but in a general sense, they aren’t up to the genre’s par. I’m not the biggest fan of the vocalist, either. His growl just sounds like he’s making his normal voice a little bit scratchier, rather than making a whole new element out of it.
Favorite Tracks: “The Way Behind the Light,” “Deformity,” “Hall of Torment.”
If you like keyboard work, or something close to melodic death metal, this will be a good album for you. It’s all about the atmosphere, paired with some good lead guitar work. It’s certainly not even close to a hard-hitting album, though. If you’re looking for something fast, or pounding, you’ll find nothing here. Give it a listen if you enjoy the lighter, atmospheric side of death metal.