I'm not a fan of Doom Metal with grunts. I don't like the combination of Slow-Motion-Metal with growls. Highly acclaimed cult works like the debuts of pionieers like PARADISE LOST, CATHEDRAL, MY DYING BRIDE, KATATONIA or ANATHEMA are not my cup of tea. It's just too boring for me.
But there's something different on the Finns of SWALLOW THE SUN. Their mellow sound is elevated and diversified, it contains exciting structures and it's altogether damn intense and conclusive. There are also some clean vocals inside and the growls and shrieks don't annoy that much. In contrary, it's perfect! The music contains subtle Black Metal elements as well as parts, reminding me of the divine FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM. This mixture is gorgeous and there are furthermore massively riff mountains and melancholic sounds that perfectly harmonize with the Doom basement. A check out tip would be the majestatic "These Hours Of Despair" with Jonas Renske from KATATONIA as guest vocalist. This song alone is worth the purchase.
But the rest is the same fantastic and as bonus, there is a cover called "Alavilla Mailla" of TRIO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS, where AMORPHIS front man Tomi appears as guest musician. This is a big surprise for me since I haven't known SWALLOW THE SUN before!
(Online February 21, 2007)