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  • Writer's pictureGangis The Demon

15 Years of Thoughts Of No Tomorrow

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the debut album "Thoughts of No Tomorrow" by Swedish metal band Avatar. I've been a fan of them for a few years, but actually hadn't heard this album before, so I decided to check it out. Looking at the track listing, I don't think I'm even familiar with any of the songs, which is a shame. This album is great! It's a lot more thrashy than most of their newer music, like Johannes was just screaming and hadn't totally found his voice yet. Don't get me wrong, I still definitely enjoyed his vocals on this album, but they just weren't as refined as they are now, which is totally understandable. My favorite track is "My Shining Star", it's a bit more melodic and definitely shows Johannes experimenting a bit more. There's several really good guitar solos on this album as well. "Stranger" is a really cool song which features some almost medieval sounding woodwind instrument sounds and a gorgeous acoustic guitar line and some symphonic elements during the intro before jumping into a super kickass song with great riffs. "Sane?" is a really pretty instrumental piece that sort of sounds like the intro to "Stranger". Then they end on a great note with "Slave Mind Meltdown", which is just absolutely epic. I greatly enjoyed this album, and it's so great to hear where the band started and compare it to their more recent releases. This is a fantastic album and definitely worth checking out if you haven't heard it. ~Gangis

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