Highest Beauty SwedenCountry Of Origin: Sweden
In Thy Dreams - Highest Beauty

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The Highest Beauty
Surrealistic Insanity
Spirits Forge
Selfpity Human
Lower Regions
Weeping Twilight
Upon Your God

Release Date: 2001
Label: War Music

MetalBite Review by Tobias on 11/29/2001
It takes something special to stand out in a rather super-saturated market. The market weíre talking about here is none other than melodic death metal. I love melodic death, itís likely my favorite brand of metal right now. But if these bands keep coming in the tremendous numbers that seem to indicate they are pulling together an army for world domination, they need to be doing something really original to get anywhere.

What I hear in this band is a lot of muscle but not much brains. That isnít to say that Highest Beauty isnít any good, just that itís not special. In fact, the very first thing that struck me about the band was that the guitar riffs sounded very familiar, and as the disc surged forward, each riff sounded very similar to the last.

The blackened vocals get deep and deathy once or twice, while in most cases this would be fine with me because I find most real death vocals to be boring. However, in the case of In Thy Dreams, the deeper death voice is a hell of a lot more original sounding than the blackish screams.

Iím not going to bother touching the lyrics, because while most of the time it doesnít matter, in this case they do nothing to help.

Ultimately, the best thing about this disc is the corseted tattooed bald chick with the angel wings on the cover. If youíre itching for something better in the same style, go pick up the debut from Shadow.

Bottom Line: This is a decent filler album that can hold you over between more highly anticipated releases. A very strong entry, but little brings it above mediocrity.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 6
Atmosphere: 7
Production: 6
Originality: 4
Overall: 6

Rating: 5.8 of 10