Kaunis Kuolematon – Vapaus

Their music resembles of a painting, which keeps changing with every single tone. For me, this music is actually visual and full of soft, dark colours. If there is someone who considers melodic doom metal boring and lacking the dynamics, then he really needs to hear Kaunis Kuoematon, for it’s dynamic, sparkling, emotional music, which…

40 Watt Sun – Wider than the Sky

Wider than the Sky, oddly, sounds like the full realisation of the music that Patrick has wanted to make for years. When you look closer at the progression between Patrick’s past works, and the way Patrick focused more on acoustic remakes of past works both live and as b-sides, I’m also surprised he didn’t make…

Barren Earth – The Devils Resolve

Basically, anyone that has heard Curse of the Red River is going to pretty much know what to expect. The band’s foundation is still firmly built on doomy, melodic death metal with progressive influences, but they’ve finally mastered the formula. The 70s prog blends seamlessly with mid-paced doom riffs; while death growls sit comfortably next…

Helevorn – Compassion Forlorn

Spanish Helevorn has released albums with a 5 year span until now, but I for one won’t mind if they picked up the pace a notch. Not in the music, though! The music they perform on Compassion Forlorn is mournful death/doom with gothic vibes, which alternates between leaden and feather-light in expressions. Just like a…

Novembre – Ursa

With a serene backdrop of an ocean breaking waves upon the sand, “Australis” sets up URSA nicely. Orlando and fellow guitarist Massimiliano Pagliuso blanket each other with beautiful melodies and soulful leads, conjuring up a nice mix of Images and Words-era Dream Theater, Blackwater Park-era Opeth, and modern day Anathema. New drummer David Folchitto does a phenomenal job painting a good rhythm, peppering…

Grand Magus – Sword Songs

The good news is, the better blend of new and old Magus makes the war camp much more interesting, with opener “Freja’s Choice” sounding like something off Hammer of the North and rocking Viking-approved riffs and typically great vocals by JB Christoffersson. It’s instantly accessible, engaging and the kind of song you can’t help but…

(EchO) – Head First Into Shadows

(EchO)  are a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  melodic  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  “Head  First  Into  Shadows”  which  will  be  released  on  May  23rd  as  a joint  effort  between  BadMoodMan  Records  and  Solitude  Productions.  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album …