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The Last Embrace - Inside
The Last Embrace is a French atmospheric, progressive band. The band formed in 1998 but has only just recently (mid 2005) found the right formula for their music. The album was mastered by Goran Finnberg, who already worked with Opeth, In Flames and Dimmu Borgir in the past. Because I’m starting to like progressive music more and more I decided to give it a shot.
 
And of course, like way too many bands do these days, The Last Embrace put a useless intro on the album as well. A slow and melodic song is used as a ‘warm-up’ song but to me it seems like the songs completely missed that goal.  
 
Ok, I could give you a lengthy description of the music this band plays but I’ll keep it short by telling you this band plays a combination of Goth rock with some metal/progressive influences in it and vocals in the vein of the Dutch pop band Treble. If you like both, you’ll like The Last Embrace. Really, in a lot of parts the vocals are pretty much the same as Treble’s. I still haven’t figured out if this is a good or a bad thing in this style of music.
 
As for the small progressive elements in the music, these are mainly noticeable in the drum parts. In these parts the drummer gets rid of the standard rhythms he uses (in my opinion too) often and instead puts some more complex drum parts into the music. Don’t expect Textures-progressive though, that’s way out of the league of The Last Embrace.
 
This album is sometimes capable of dragging me ‘into’ the music but most of the times these are real short moments. The atmosphere gives you the feeling you’re wandering around in a fairy-tale forest while you hear some really weird noises around you, wondering what they might be. Although I think that’s exactly the purpose of this music, I’m having some troubles to stay focused because of the extremely slow, soft parts in the music. I’d like to hear a higher tempo in the music. And every now and then some low grunts or nasty screams in between wouldn’t be bad for me neither.
 
So in short; the music itself isn’t bad at all, but the tempo in the songs are really boring me. If you’re into slow, piano melodic, goth stuff you’ll probably like this disc.
The Last Embrace - Inside
62/1001Details Longfellow Deeds Records
Released on Monday Oct 23rd, 2006
Atmospheric, Progressive, Goth Rock

Writer @Boek on Monday Oct 23rd, 2006

Tags: #The Last Embrace
Tracklisting 1. Introspection
2. Mother
3. Somewhere In The Dark Rain
4. Inside
5. Can You?
6. Broken
7. It Says
8. Eclipse
9. To Dispel Inner Fears
Line up Sandy - Vocals
Olivier - Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Laurent - Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Pierre-Henri - Piano, Keyboard
Vik - Bass
Alexis - Drums