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Artist:

Crest, The

Album:

Vain City Chronicles

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Season of Mist
Genre: [Melancholic Metal/Alternative Rock/Gothic Rock]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.0
Production: 8.0


The Crest is back with a second album and Nell still remains as their singer. As some of you may know, Nell is nowadays also the singer of Theatre of Tragedy since Liv Kristine Espens left the band in late 2003... not to get sidetracked, The Crest's second album is titled as "Vain City Chronicles" and it's more guitar-driven and heavier than their debut album.

Vain City Chronicles consists of eleven melancholic tracks bordering on metal and alternative rock. The mix is balanced by Theatre of Tragedy vocalist Nell with her soft voice. Although the material on this album is mostly guitar-driven, at times there are also string sections in the vein of Apocalyptica. As a whole, Vain City Chronicles is a moderate album, which sails on quite safe waters (e.g. the music isn't innovative nor experimental).

The sonic side on this album is rather good. The sounds are fitting and complement the melancholic melodies well. Regardless, there's still some room for improvement.

The Crest's Vain City Chronicles is without a doubt an album that might appeal to a large majority of listeners with its highly accessible melodies and vocals. However, listening before buying is still recommended...

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- MAGE (May 25th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Nell: Vocals
Kristian: Guitar & Programming
Sebastian: Guitar
Magnus: Bass
Klaus: Drums
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Crest, The - Vain City Chronicles  CD  Cover Image
01. Run Like Blazes
02. My War
03. Silent
04. Another Life
05. Come on Down
06. Flavour of the Day
07. Reptile
08. New Profound Fear
09. Imaginary Friend
10. House of Mirrors
11. My War/Broken Glass

Length: 45:14
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