Eleine - Dancing In Hell review


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Band: Eleine
Album: Dancing In Hell
Release date: November 2020

01. Enemies
02. Dancing In Hell
03. Ava Of Death
04. Crawl From The Ashes
05. As I Breathe
06. Memoriam
07. Where Your Rotting Corpse Lie (W.Y.R.C.L.)
08. All Shall Burn
09. Die From Within
10. The World We Knew
11. Die From Within [symphonic version]

Eleine as in Madeleine Liljestam,‭ ‬which is the name of the‭ ‬striking‭ ‬front-woman who also models for a living.‭ ‬Alongside Rikard Ekberg,‭ ‬she is the main creative force.‭ ‬They are the composers and singers.‭ ‬Like other bands in the symphonic metal realm,‭ ‬Madeleine is the angelic voice,‭ ‬Rikard is the devilish one.‭ ‬They may look good but they are no‭ ‬pretenders.‭ ‬They very well know what they are doing.‭ ‬If Amaranthe stopped toying with subpar watered-down pop melodies,‭ ‬they could pretend to be on par‭ ‬with Eleine.‭ ‬In other words,‭ ‬this is superb symphonic metal with a dash of dark metal,‭ ‬not unlike a dark Nightwish or Epica.

There are some definite gothic elements to their style.‭ ‬Growls,‭ ‬folk passages,‭ ‬fast breaks,‭ ‬that is how some of the darkness creeps in.‭ ‬Just watch some of their videos and you will see how they incorporate gothic themes into their visuals.‭ ‬There is a thrash component to their sound.‭ ‬Or at least there is some definite musical intensity materialized through the intense drumming of Jesper Sunnhagen and the bass mastery of Anton Helgesson.‭ ‬Typically,‭ ‬even before vocals kick in,‭ ‬the music calls for headbanging.‭ ‬And that is how this band stands out.‭ ‬They do manage to counterbalance this intensity with the right amount of melodic symphonic stuff.‭ ‬Not only that,‭ ‬they manage to shine in both extremes,‭ ‬which is a beautiful thing.‭ ‬Beware that this can also induce confusion upon first listen if you don‭'‬t know what to expect.

Their previous effort‭ Until The End‭‬ was slightly more geared towards symphonic metal a la Epica while‭ ‬Dancing In Hell‭‬ overall features harsher,‭ ‬more poignant songs.‭ ‬Don'‬t get me wrong,‭ ‬both albums are equally powerful.‭ ‬That being said,‭ Dancing In Hell‭‬ is edgier,‭ ‬more aggressive.‭ ‬The emphasis is no longer on harmonized melodies,‭ ‬atmospheric keys,‭ ‬choirs and piano.‭ ‬Now we are down to bare-bone business.‭ ‬It is incisive.‭ ‬A more direct route to awesomeness has been charted as is evident from the opening track‭ "‬Enemies"‬.‭ ‬The pace is fast and furious.‭ ‬The atmosphere is dark and the music is aggressive and still slightly progressive.‭

At the end of the day,‭ ‬Madeleine is a talented singer.‭ ‬In addition,‭ ‬Eleine is quite the band.‭ ‬They are creative despite operating within a saturated field.‭ ‬They probably do not stand out enough because they do transcend a few genres.‭ ‬Regardless,‭ ‬if you like your symphonic metal to veer off the beaten path,‭ ‬and lead to a darker path with heavy influences,‭ ‬this is the band for you.‭

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 8


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Comments: 4   Visited by: 91 users
05.01.2021 - 10:11
The Shape 1973
It's probably my favourite album of the year. It's relentless. No filler tracks. No down moments. The only thing it's missing are some burning guitar solos. Otherwise the most consistent album I have heard for a while.
So many chips on the world's shoulder. Low on ketchup.
05.01.2021 - 11:02
Dark Phoenix
Great review, might just need to check this one out!
You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man. But it was nothing to me but blinding.
05.01.2021 - 13:21
Good music, meh vocals. Too standard for mediocre symphonic metal. I am glad though they went for a less sugary sound and became heavier. The chick sells though. That bosom is every man's wet dream. Her voice... not so much. Next, I want me so belly dance too.
05.01.2021 - 15:15
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Tage Westerlund
When titts goes wrong, music csnd be enjoyable.
I saw this band live, opened before wasp, its all. One night stand, show. Its all.
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