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The fourth Lullacry album is insipidly named as "Vol. 4", but fortunately the material on this record isn't as barren as one might deduct from the title. Actually this album surprised me with its diversity... the material is more varying than on previous Lullacry releases, and it ensures that listening remains engrossing.
Since this album starts with weaker tracks such as "Perfect Tonight" and "Fire Within" (with the exception of "Love, Lust, Desire"), I quickly assumed this album will be a disappointment on my side. Nonetheless, after listening to the whole album I noticed the quality of material improves towards the end... after few listens I can safely mention "Stranger in You", "Soul in Half", "Killing Time" and "King of Pain" as my definite favourites, although the influences on these tracks are clearly audible.
Anssi Kippo handled the production on this record, thus the sounds are what one can expect from him... full of power. Unfortunately slight background distortion and hiss occurs few times, but otherwise there's not much to point out. The sounds are well-assorted.
Overall, Lullacry's fourth album is their best offering thus far. It shows both promise and progress, and therefore attains my support. I warmly recommend Vol. 4 to all fans of Lullacry, but also other listeners of metal may find this release interesting.
Release dates: September 7th, 2005 by Spinefarm Records (Finland), September 19th, 2005 by Century Media (Europe), November 4th, 2005 by Woodbell (Japan)
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- MAGE (September 11th, 2005)
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