Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Swallow The Sun/Emerald Forest And The Blackbird/Spinefarm/2012 CD Review


  Swallow  The  Sun  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  death,  doom  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Emerald  Forest  And  The  Blackbird"  which  was  released  by  Spinefarm.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  gothic  sound  to  the  music,  as for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combines  elements  of  doom,  death,  gothic  and  black  metal  together  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being thrown  into t he  riffing  as  well  as  some  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  depressive  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals range  from  deep  death  metal  growls,  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  clean  singing  male and  female  vocals  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Swallow  The  Sun  are  a  very   great  sounding  hybrid  of  atmospheric,  gothic, doom,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style  of  music,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Emerald  Forest  And  The  Blackbird"  "Cathedral  Walls"  "April  14th"  and  "Night  Will  Forgive  Us".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.