MetalBite Review by Jack on 1/6/2005
Itís difficult to review those albums you find no real connection with. Theyíre neither here nor there. For whatever reason As It Burns
í Mortal Dusk
is one of the records for me. Itís not that Iím not a fan of black metal, death metal or thrash (Mortal Dusk
contains each of these), but As It Burns have put together Mortal Dusk
in such a way that I find it hard to maintain a connection and build an affiliation with the record.
Weíre looking at some crunchy, down tuned melodic death metal with strong thrash elements and hints of black metal added for some variety (generous usage of the Hammond organ for something extra, too). Now normally this would make for a pretty rockiní listen, but something somewhere goes wrong. These guys have got some great ideas I am sure, but I think they are having problems in penning them on paper. Aside from the title track, Mortal Dusk
is a bit too full of safe songs that never get much more moving than tapping your finger on your home or office desk. Take some risks lads!
Maybe youíll find something more in Mortal Dusk
than what I did. But something doesnít sit right with the record for me, which is disappointing because I am usually a fan of these hybrid records.
out of 10