"The Ghost Collector" (Pulverised; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Dark and dramatic, Swedish symphonic metal trio Netherbird adorn their latest 13-track effort with a brash production chock full of the bell and whistle accoutrements similarly heard by acts such as Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir.

Championing a sound that distributes black metal malevolence ("Blood Orchid"), classic metal composition, and doom metal heft, "The Ghost Collector" also implements a flurry of grandiose ideas into its songwriting paradigm to reinforce their metal at the opera aura ("Carcass Symphony," "Forever Mournful"), at times sounding like a bastardized concoction of Amon Amarth and Nightwish.

Meshing a theatrical vibe with a broad palette of metal, Netherbird provide a mental metal escape into another landscape that screams for a screenplay to be written.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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