Stockholm’s own white metal band Admonish claims a history dating back to 1994, even though the band’s first recording appeared in 2005. Emanuel Wärja and singer and keyboardist Samuel were the original members. The band was broken up between 1999 and 2002 and finally issued a demo called Den Yttersta Tiden in 2005. In the meantime, the band opted not to have a keyboard player. Strangely, the 2005 demo was launched with a show at Club 666. Momentum Scandinavia issued an EP, called Insnärjd, in 2007. The band opened for Mortification in Germany at the end of 2007.
ADMONISH - INSNÄRJD - MOMENTUM
Apparently, the title for this EP means 'entangled' in English. If so, then it is completely obvious that - Christian lyrics aside - Admonish is entangled, ensnared and entwined in the sounds of the deceased Dissection. This is not necessarily a bad thing to these ears. It has been a little while since a band influenced by Dissection reached the shores of Metallian Towers and given Jon of Dissection and crew’s incredible handicraft, such music is always welcome. Nevertheless, Admonish is perhaps a little too close to Dissection for comfort. At times, the word one wants to use is 'copy' instead of 'inspiration.' Several of these riffs are plucked directly from Dissection songs. Additionally, Admonish has two instrumentals on the record featuring medieval style acoustic guitars. Where has one heard that before? It could have and should have stopped there allowing for a reasonable amount of enjoyment, but like any clone Admonish is but a shadow of Dissection. Two (out of five) tracks in and the band reveals its weakness by introducing K&F (keyboards & female vocals) into the fray. The metal had potential while it lasted; alas, that was only one song. Given that out of five tracks here two are instrumental and another two contain keyboards or female vocals Admonish needs to be more than admonished really. This EP is not a recommended purchase. Still, let us say this EP is worth a generous forty out of a hundred marks for ripping off the very best. - Ali “The Metallian”