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.