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Odes of Ecstasy
Embossed Dream in Four Acts (The End Records)

By: Jeb Branin

ODES OF ECSTASY take classically influenced death to a new level. "Embossed Dreams..." is a metal symphony divided into four movements (y'know like a "real" symphony) with the addition of a prologos and epilogos to bookend the piece. The music is a blend of black/dark/death/gothic/doom metal. With each flavor being given moments to shine although the gothic and death influences are the primary building blocks. The CD seems to climax during recitation of part of Mozart's "Requiem" in the third movement titled "War Symphony", although the denouement in the epilogos "Vampire Hunters" is the most haunting moment of the disc thanks in large part to heavy sampling from Coppola's film "Dracula."
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