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9 / 10
➤ "These Iranian brothers have my huge admiration … excellent Melodic Death Progressive Metal, full of oriental references and with frequent storytelling … some vocalizations and musical parts remind Moonspell … a good and courageous band that deserves international recognition!"
(Sounds From Apocalypse)
8,5 / 10
8 / 10
➤ "… an album that deserves to be listened to more than once to appreciate each of the musical layers it contains … influence of bands like Opeth and Orphaned Land with a style of their own … I really like the chiaroscuro that is reflected in each of their songs in which evokes mysticism, fury and even nostalgia … ANOUSHBARD's music is dynamic and keeps the listener's attention in each of its songs …"
(La Magia Absalón)
7,5 / 10
➤ "... reminiscent of bands like Orphaned Land or Al-Namrood ... Death Metal elements crossed with oriental melodies and acoustic guitars and folkloric percussion elements ... works well in one piece ... despite many ideas, however, ANOUSHBARD never lose the thread ... the production is nice and clean and transparent ..."
7,5 / 10
➤ "… a relatively short but very interesting album that shows ANOUSHBARD in two basic positions. One is softer, dominated by very pleasant clean vocals (and fits the band better), there is room for more folkloric motifs and melancholic melodies. The other one is hard, metallic, the singer uses growls and the music is progressive Death Metal. The result is a fun album that can compete with the worldwide competition …"
(Metal Forever CZ)
7,2 / 10
➤ "... have evolved and provided their latest work with many facets of Progressive Metal ... convince with their guitar work ... Sherwin Baradaran leads not only with his guitar skills, but also with his powerful vocal voice, which forms many small highlights with the distinctive interludes ... sonic bulwark that pushes the listener into a battlefield that ranges from Opeth to quieter Hypocrisy tunes and Slayer classics ... eight equally strong songs ... 'Tower Of Silence (Dakhma)' and 'Blacksmith's Apron' can score the most as individual works ..."
(Time For Metal)
7 / 10
➤ "As on 'Mithra', these musicians clearly enjoy setting up contrasts and the tender Persian oud music stands its ground in the face of crunchy modern Metal … this is what Anoushbard should sound like and they sound very good to me, one more Progressive Metal band from the vibrant middle east, but this one hailing from a nation that not only doesn't support Rock and Metal but often actively suppresses it. I salute the dedication it must have taken to make this band and this album happen. That it's damn good is a bonus."
➤ "... very atmospheric ... pleasant feeling while listening ... clear oriental touch ... powerful metal riffs ... partly is growled what the stuff holds and only a little clear vocals provides a bit of loosening up ... how well traditional sounds and Metal but can get along ... interesting, what beautiful music can be created in secret ... a very successful whole ... recommendation for all those who appreciate on the one hand powerful metal, but also want to be enchanted by atmospheric!"
➤ "One of the greatest treasures a country can have is its culture and legends. The legacy and history of a civilization must be shared in schools so that memories and lessons are never lost … ANOUSHBARD brings Iranian culture, myths, religion and rituals … an interesting and unique blend of Persian music and Progressive Metal, sometimes with more traveling and spiritual passages and others with more aggressive moments where the throat is present … the band also sometimes uses local instruments, such as the Daf, an Iranian percussion instrument."
➤ "… nostalgic and emotive Progressive Metal, focused on empathizing with the roots of the area … desert magic, for this hidden treasure, full of riches…"
(Trueno Metálico Web)
➤ "… spiritual headbangers … a unique work, offering many different styles from beautiful instrumentals … riffs, solos, and general variety is what provided excitement …"
(Wanna Hear a Great Song Today?)
➤ "The most noticeable element is the generous inclusion of world music sections, with tones, timbres and rhythms that are clearly Middle Eastern in orientation and probably Persian in origin … alternating and mixing elements of these two forms with some atmospherically charged Metal parts and more aggressive Metal with harsh lead vocals makes up the bulk … in the spirit of Progressive Metal … sounds interesting …"
➤ "… ANOUSHBARD managed to find their own formula … I believe that’s one of the best middle eastern influenced Metal records I’ve ever listened to … well-written, well-arranged, and perfectly delivered …"
➤ "… a complex album … interesting … many layers and layers of different sonancies … deals with a such a variety of influences from oriental music to Extreme Metal features … many details … Rock instances …"
➤ "… very good … 8 well constructed tracks … I highlight the great 'Blacksmith's Apron' and the excellent 'Tower Of Silence (Dakhma)' … a great job, well rounded … they have plenty of potential …"
➤ "… thunderous rolling sound … impressively immersed … multilayered, complex … full of twists and turns, and lots of fascinating details … captivates you so much that you have to press the repeat button again and again … it should be clear that we have to deal with professional musicians in ANOUSHBARD who have a broad and deep background not only in Metal, but also in their own folklore …"
➤ "'Abandoned Treasure' proceeds by alternating the aspects seen so far, balancing the ethnic and melodic parts with the more impactful and violent ones, making it at the same time an introspective work, but one that does not renounce the sonic assault of Metal. A very interesting album with a strong identity."
(The Murder Inn)
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