Power of Metal.dk Review

Across the Dark River
Style: Doom Metal
Release date: 11 April, 2014
Playing time: 45:26

After one EP, here is the debut by this Swedish doom band. So no double bass speed drumming, but slow rhytmns with a lot of melody. The music sounds like a mix of Candlemass, Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate (or should I say King Diamond). Even the vocals of Zeb sound a bit like a mix of Tony Martin, Messiah Marcolin and Ray Alder. A powerful voice, which sticks perfectly with this kind of music.

The first track sounds a lot like Candlemass and the second is indeed a kind of Black Sabbath/Candlemass mix with some unholy King Diamond sounds. The third song is faster and sounds more like King Diamond and not only because of the vocal lines. The other songs on the album are all in the same slow melancholy style and interesting for the general doom aficionado. The recording took place in the Andy LaRocque's Sonic Train Studios and also the production was in Andy's hands.

I have nothing to bitch about on this album, the only thing I can criticize is the lack of originality.

01. Trapped Under Ground
Bid You Farewell
Ghost of a Shepherd
In My Dreams
Mare of the Night
The Whitechapel Murderer
Across the Dark River
Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 11 April, 2014
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