The Bridal Procession
Astronomical Dimensions
Style: Progressive Blackened Death Metal
Release date: 7 February, 2011
Playing time: 39:19

Every month I am surprised by the number of new releases. Who is going to buy all this music? There are so many bands that play average metal. What does a band have to do, to get them in the picture? The Bridal Procession hails from France and they added keyboard-lines to their music, sometimes sounding a little bit like the way Arjen Lucassen uses the keys in his music ("Obsolete Machines").

For the rest they play rather extreme technical death metal with grunts, black and metalcore influences. Without the keyboard lines, their music would not be very interesting because we have heard it all before. In "Atypical Pestilence" the band reminds me a bit of early Crematory, especially because of the keys again. "Pillage the Scavenger" has a kind of Rhapsody-like start and during the song the atmospheric use of the keys make it a kind of epic death metal track.

Readers that like a mix of Dimmu Borgir, Neaera and As I Lay Dying with a few nice guitar solos have to take a listen to this. I am not sure yet what to think of it, perhaps I will be flabbergasted within a few weeks, but it could also be that I judge it as still as average.


01. Overactive Minds

02. Flesh to Flesh

03. Shroud of the End

04. Atypical Pestilence

05. Astronomical Dimensions

06. Pillage the Scavenger

07. Diminishing Lungs

08. Obsolete Machines

09. Patrons of Humanity

Label: Siege of Amida Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 24 January, 2011