Just like 2006 was kicked off with the release of a very good
Scandinavian Progressive Power Metal album - namely the second album
from Tears of Anger - I promise you, so will 2007!
And why do I bring up
Tears of Anger? Well, because Essence of Sorrow do have a lot
in common with them; dark, atmospheric, progressive metal songs
delivered in convincing style!
Essence of Sorrow
is the child of Jani Stefanovic, who has written the entire lot and
plays most of the instruments himself - the project has since turned
into a full band effort. Throughout the entire album the band keeps
a very high technical level, which manifests itself in some
brilliant guitars vs. keyboards duels, a very good vocalist, in this
case Christian Palin & Mats Leven sharing the duties and a very
tight rhythm section.
The sound is very
good, even though the album has been recorded in various studios in
Sweden and Finland, the album was mixed and mastered by Carl Johan
Grimmark. The basic feel stays the same for the first 39 minutes -
dark and atmospheric, never melancholic metal before things change a
bit with the last song: "Come Serenity" - a 3½ minutes instrumental,
which is more in the vein of a Petrucci/Moore instrumental, but
still a good song.
So I recommend y'all
to check this album out, because Essence of Sorrow is kicking
2007 off with a good album!