Back on January 25, 2006 when Swedish metal band, Avatar released their debut album, Thoughts of No Tomorrow! This album peaked at number #47 on the Sweden Albums Top 60 Chart, and that was about all we could find, sadly.
We couldn't even determine a single for this album, so we're going into this particular album basically blind. That being said, we have heard almost every other album from Avatar, so we had a bit of a clue what we were getting into. Thing is, this was their first album, so there was a chance of them being entirely different. A lot of debut albums are vastly different from other works from various bands. Avatar is death metal today, so we expected a lot of powerful guitar riffs and nearly consistent screaming and growling.
Our expectations were met with just that -powerful instrumentals and consistent screaming. Those who really love to mosh would probably absolutely love this album, along with everything else that came after this album. They very clearly have stayed true to their roots since day one.
Something we noticed through out the album was the introductions to the songs. They always seemed to stand out from the rest of the songs a bit more, for whatever reason. Some were because they were clearer, some were because of the creativity. Take the opening track for example.
The album starts off with "Bound To The Wall", which sounds like its in a crowded room with people chattering all around. We hear him clear his throat, and tap a glass, like he's trying to get the room's attention. Instead of speaking, he goes right into screaming something incoherent to us.
Extremely heavy metal lovers are highly encouraged to check out this album, but to anyone who doesn't particularly care for constant screaming, you may want to pass this one up. It will sound like just noise to you, because our ears just aren't trained to appreciate this particular style.
None the less, if your attention has been sparked, please be sure to check out Avatar! They're going to be appearing at many festivals coming up very soon such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, or Carolina Rebellion here in the US this April / May and in Norway at Norway Rock on July 8. For more information, please visit the festival websites, and be sure to check out Avatar's website for all sorts of updates.
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