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Warring Factions Band: Ansur
Album: Warring Factions
Homepage: www.ansursite.com
Four skulls

Ansur is out with their second full-length album Warring Factions. The prog-metalers continue the blend for genres, pushing it futher.

I was a bit skeptical when I was handed the album since I didn't think too highly of the first encounter with the band. But to my surprise Ansur has released a more approacheble album this time. They have pushed the boundaries of their music and with Warring Factions show that they have evolved. Maybe they're not so much black-/death metal as they used to be, but hell in many parts they sound like a very good rock'n'roll band.

The orchestration on the album Ansur show that they have matured and probably realized that there's more to it than being grim and hard hitting. They gain more with less. Ansur are still very technical and some parts are heavy as hell, but there are more melody thoughout the songs on this album. There are parts that are mellow and floating going into heavyier parts. These parts become more like layers blending into one another and taking the listener on a voyage into the vast realm of Ansur.

I have to bring up something negative and that is the vocals. Ansur have dropped the destorted vocal this time. Yes! But the vocals on Warring Factions are poor. It feels like they don't fit and the music would be better of with a more classical vocal, maybe a hint of opera, something like Geoff Tate or maybe nothing at all. Because the music is so special and it deserves something more.

So I would say that Warring Factions is quite good if you are into prog rock/metal.

Ansure sure push the boundaries of their music and maybe metal as well. I enjoyed "Sierra Day" and "Prime Warring Eschatologist"

-By: Wariuz