Solitude Aeturnus

Release date: November 10th 2006
Massacre Records
Doom Metal

Rating: 85/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
November 18th 2006

Only 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'.

8 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.

'Alone' 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.

So 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...

Good album!