Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Swedish Metal

Review: Avatar – Dance Devil Dance

Avatar, over the years, has proven to be a band that doesn’t just sit on its laurels. Dance Devil Dance is a testament to this. Over the last decade and a half, the band has accrued quite an interesting and dedicated fanbase, and with each album, they’ve pushed for a different sound or further experimentation. This time around, they move forward by looking a bit to the past.

In Flames – “I, the Mask”

In 2016, In Flames dropped their album “Battles”, which had further divided their fan base. Unfortunately, the direction they were going had even pushed me to approach their new album, I, The Mask with caution. Howard Benson, a noted producer of rock and metal, had his fingers in both of the aforementioned albums. Over the years, many fans had complained that they had lost their edge, or just went into “radio rock” territory. I was inclined to agree with the view on their prior album.