a few doom metal bands have managed to keep my attention throughout
an entire album, often I find that the sound and songs quickly sound
too similar and boring, but bands like Candlemass, Doomshine, While
Heaven Wept and Solitude Aeturnus are in my opinion heads and
shoulders above the competition, so it was with great anticipation
that I put on the new Solitude Aeturnus album 'Alone'.
years has passed since their last album 'Adagio', but fans of their
old albums don't need to worry one bit, their style hasn't changed
at all. They still come out very dark and heavy as shit, spiced up
with some powerful and faster parts. The basic emotions on display
are still profound sadness, melancholy and despair personified in
Robert Lowe and his emotional and charismatic voice.
is everything I had hoped for and then some, and will surely be a
highlight in the doom scene this year. No weak moments, and I am not
sure why they haven't included "Embrace" as a regular song
on the album in stead of as a bonus track on the limited edition -
surely it falls a bit besides the rest of the songs on the album,
but I do think it's one the best moments on the album.
if you like me buys maybe 2 doom metal albums every year, then make
sure 'Alone' is one of them, and if you love your metal slow and
heavy, then I am sure you have this one right at the top of your
"To buy"-list already...