Time of Despair FinlandCountry Of Origin: Finland
Entwine - Time of Despair

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Stream Of Life
The Pit
Nothing Left To Say
Safe In A Dream
Falling Apart
Until The End
Learn To Let Go
Time Of Despair

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2002
Label: Century Media Records
Categories: Gothic

MetalBite Review by Tobias on 7/30/2002
Entwine plays emo-metal. Sometimes itís very hard for a metal fan to consider Entwine a metal band because they come across as some sort of alt-rock band like Live given a goth-metal edge. For those of you familiar with the genre, itís the same sort of deal that HIM goes through, but they have a stronger goth fan-base, giving them slightly more credence because they sing about gothic love and crap that somewhat falls in the metal arena.

Entwineís music isnít bad, in fact, sometimes itís very good, but dammit, this is chick-metal that would only appeal to guys that have recently endured some sort of first-love break up... or guys that just canít seem to get any and are obsessed with some untouchable girl.

So what does "Time of Despair" have to offer? Thereís the occasional violin, big goth-rock guitars, lots of atmospheric keyboards, a vocalist who always sounds like heís really sad about something or another, what occasionally sounds like New Age music and non-stop melody.

At times, such as in ĎFalling Apartí, the band sounds like Depeche Mode. Ok, so why am I still writing. I donít know, maybe Iím just trying to fill up space... or maybe Iím trying to figure out how this band is considered a metal band... or maybe Iím trying really hard to resist the urge to kick in this bandís collective o-ring.

The album gets wussier with each track.

Bottom Line: If you play metal at your parties and you want the women to stay, put this emo-metal-rock disc into the mix along with the latest from HIM. This is soft-metal.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 6
Atmosphere: 6
Production: 7
Originality: 4
Overall: 5

Rating: 5.6 out of 10