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  AVATARIUM
'All I Want' EP
(Nuclear Blast)
Release Date: 17th November 2014


Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland



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Swedish rockers Avatarium have achieved quite a lot in the couple of years they've been together. Getting picked up by Nuclear Blast for the release of your first album is a coup in itself and tells you how impressive their debut turned out to be.

Mixing Sabbath style style doom Metal, Jethro Tull style folky elements and the ethereal, melodic tones of singer Jennie-Ann Smith their style is rooted in the sixties and seventies yet sounds fresh and modern when you listen to how they put things together.

It's only been a year since the release of the critically acclaimed self-titled debut but the band are keen to keep things moving forward so as a result we have this five track EP.

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The first of the two new songs, 'All I Want', is a groovy rocker, still with a Sabbath style riff driving the song along but with lots of Hammond organ, psychedelic percussion and a passionate vocal. It reeks of seventies influences such as lots of wah-wah pedal on the guitar solo but is a strong, strong song and I couldn't point out anyone else around right now who sounds like this.

The other new track, 'Deep Well', is a more measured, atmospheric song, with another nice but less heavy riff and some great keyboard touches. Jennie-Ann Smith's vocals are the focus this time and she gives a terrific performance, really strong and soulful sounding while still retaining a beautiful fragility.

The three live songs were recorded at a show in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Unbelievably this was only Avatarium's second show ever. I say unbelievably as they sound fantastic, heavy and atmospheric with great guitar and keyboard sounds and vocals which are right on the money. Mixing the folk and doom elements of their sound perfectly all three songs are just fascinating and imaginative and these recordings just make me want to see them live. Terrific stuff.

If you're old enough to remember all those old sixties and seventies band I think you'll enjoy this modern take on those influences. There's even a nod to Hendrix in the middle of 'Tides Of Telepathy' here.

If you're not old enough but like your Metal with flair and imagination and maybe a little mellow madness mixed in then check these guys out.

Track listing:
All I Want
Deep Well
Pandora's Egg (live)
Tides Of Telepathy (live)
Bird Of Prey (live)

Line up:
Leif Edling: Bass
Jennie-Ann Smith: Vocals
Marcus Jidell: Guitar
Lars Sköld: Drums
Carl Westholm: Keyboards

Online:
http://avatariumofficial.se/
https://www.facebook.com/avatariumofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/avatariumofficial


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