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Swallow the Sun


New Moon

Year: 2009
Format: CD
Label: Spinefarm Records
Genre: [Doom / Melodic Death Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.5
Production: 7.5

From the frosty rigid wintry weather of northern Europe comes New Moon, the new offering by the successful deathly Finnish Melodic Doom Metal band, Swallow The Sun, charging with their influence taken from the melodic world of Extreme Metal. Apart from New Moon, on all their previous albums, it is being shown why this band’s name is Swallow The Sun as they made it happen with their earlier releases. Moreover, it is shown why they did it again on their new bargaining chip. Through New Moon, as in the past, there is not even a single moment on Swallow The Sun’s lengthy and deeply emotional constitutions that will let you have the slight glimmer of sunlight on your face. However, do not get depressed before you read this entire review.

With this band’s ingenuity on making those frost bite riffs as they tried to accomplish the similar sense of the hazy coldness through their albums. On New Moon it ended up with, not many, yet quite dead areas that may bring you the tediousness feeling of slumber. To be more exact, Swallow The Sun have the knack on creating wonderful and even wizardly like riffage of sheer melodies. Those melodic verses were added by overwhelming heaviness that is mainly similar to the modern side of the Swedish Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal. However, on several areas on songs, for example on the closing track “Weight Of The Dead” (A track that would make you feel the heavy weight of the dead), Swallow The Sun tried to be varied, yet, with the influence of Doom Metal, didn’t succeed on composing more add-ons to the ultra slow moving rhythms. The result was that after a while those riffs became as if they were an annoyance because of the notion that nothing seems to be moving along. These guys have much to offer, yet, others would want some movement beyond the same regular pace.

Don’t let these words give you the wrong impression, Swallow The Sun indeed made a nice album, as they mostly did on their past records. Nonetheless, with all their positive attributes, it’s hard to shake the fact that, here and there, they had a rough time on compensating with a few more riffs and such in order to prevent one being asleep through the listening.

Covering the whole, the material they wrote for New Moon expresses, with depth and melodic kind of music of cold fashion, the emotions and feelings of what they always tried to articulate through their whole career. Those are the negative effects of life as sorrow, pain, depression and sorts. Those unenthusiastic effects were truly combined well with the band’s doomish approach on New Moon. With their wintry magic they did it once again, even if this one is far from being the most high rated experience in comparison to their other submissions.

Be sure to tune in and take a deep breath before entering the frosty lake of Swallow The Sun, it will be cold as hell, yet it will be a smooth ride through the ice. Start your search for the New Moon because it will give taste for more Swallow The Sun.

Highlights: “Falling World”, “New Moon”, “Sleepless Swans”, “These Woods Breathe Evil”, “Servant Of Sorrow” and “And Heavens Cried Blood”.

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- Lior “Steinmetal” Stein (April, 18th 2010)

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Kotamäki, Mikko: Vocals
Raivio, Juha: Guitars
Jämsen, Markus: Guitars
Honkonen, Matti: Bass
Munter, Aleksi: Keyboards
Hahto, Kai: Drums
Producer: Borgen, Jens
Mixing by: Borgen, Jens
Mastering by: Borgen, Jens
Swallow the Sun - New Moon  CD  Cover Image
01. These Woods Breathe Evil
02. Falling World
03. Sleepless Swans
04. ...and Heavens Cried Blood
05. Lights on the Lake (Horror pt. III)
06. New Moon
07. Servant of Sorrow
08. Weight of the Dead 
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