Avatar's sophomore album, Schlacht was released on October 29, 2007. The album's name means 'battle' in German, and that actually surprised a bit, since they're a Swedish band. But none the less, its a very awesome name none the less.
The album starts off with the title track, which honestly is not even remotely close to our cup of tea. The screaming sounds more strained than we've heard out of Avatar before, and its all mixing a little too well together. Even the lyrics throw us off a bit, because they're speaking of cannibalism and whatnot. With a title meaning "Battle", we expected much different. Perhaps something that was going to kick you in gear and make you feel compelled to stand up for what you wanted. This was a disappointment.
Now the second track,"Wildflower", while it still has the semi strained screaming, was much better and much closer to what we expected out of "Schlacht." It does encourage people to fight, and take this life for themselves. It actually says, "Child, grow wild. Like the flowers dance, you've only got once chance in this life time to give them a sign. Find your way to where the sinners roam. Just look under the snow and find starlight. Don't give them your prime." That's absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We would actually love to hear a stripped down version of this song, because the meaning would be truly exposed.
Honestly, we're not the biggest fans of Avatar. We admit that, completely. The problem is, over all, they have completely beautiful lyrics, or at least well thought out lyrics, but they're completely drowned out. This definitely isn't their best work, in our opinion. If pressed to choose, we would say the album that came just after this, Avatar, is their best work to date so far. We recently did a review of that one as well, if anyone would like to check it out.
What do you think of this album? Or just Avatar in general? Please feel free to let us know!
If you're interested, you can head on over to Avatar's official website to see everything they have going on. They will be releasing a brand new LP, Feathers & Flesh very soon, and will also be performing at many festivals. Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma, and more!
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