Ethereal Scourge - Judgement & Restoration (Rowe Productions) 1997
the Waters" (6:05)
I would describe this band's music as beautiful. I'm sure, since Ethereal Scourge are usually classified as death metal, that "beautiful" is not a description most people would use, so perhaps majestic is a better word. Sure, the vocals a growly, but still understandable. I'd describe it more as a thrash growl, than a full on death metal growl. The music is heavy and aggressive yet somehow very melodic and flowing. If I had to find a comparison, the closest thing would probably be Amorphis' "Tales of a Thousand Lakes," although that really doesn't describe it either. This is an absolutely outstanding CD.
One annoying thing about this disc is at the end of the acoustic interlude "Subconscious" there is almost a full minute of silence. I'm not sure whether this was intentional or a mastering mistake, but it's still annoying. From what I have been told this band was dropped from their label soon after the albums release for not fulfilling touring obligations.