Tad Morose - Reflections (Black Mark) 2000
Tad Morose is a name I was familiar with, although I was totally unfamiliar with their music until this CD showed up in my mailbox. It was sent by a guy who is a big Tad Morose fan who wanted to see them on my site. Well much to my surprise I found this CD to be nothing short of fantastic. I didn't realize it at the time I first popped this CD in, but "Reflections" is a "best of" compilation. I am actually surprised as this CD flows so well. The music is melodic, doomy, progressive, sometimes haunting and gothic heavy metal. The person that sent me this CD compared them to Veni Domine, and certainly that is a valid comparison. There is a ton of dynamics in each and every song, from slow doomy dirges to upbeat, progressive jams. Even the keys scattered throughout this CD are quite inviting. Unlike Veni Domine, the vocals are not of the high, falsetto type. Rather, Tad Morose's vocalist here has a clean, mid-range style that compliments the music well. I am going to have to check into these guys further and invest in some of their other albums. It is also worth mentioning that "Power of the Night" is a Savatage cover.