Decaying Days – The Unknown Beyond (Review)

Decaying Days - The Unknown BeyondThis is the second album from Decaying Days, a German death/doom metal band.

Adopting an approach that combines melodic death metal with melodic doom, the emphasis here is on melody and emotive delivery. Imagine a mix of Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium, and Opeth, and you’ll be on the right lines. Continue reading “Decaying Days – The Unknown Beyond (Review)”

Vacant Eyes – A Somber Preclusion of Being (Review)

Vacant Eyes - A Somber Preclusion of BeingThis is the debut album from US doom band Vacant Eyes.

Combining funeral doom, death/doom, melodic doom, and progressive doom, A Somber Preclusion of Being contains 75 minutes of sorrowful soundscapes. Continue reading “Vacant Eyes – A Somber Preclusion of Being (Review)”

Deathwhite – Grave Image (Review)

Deathwhite - Grave ImageDeathwhite are a melodic metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Ever since 2014’s Ethereal saw the light of day, I’ve enjoyed watching Deathwhite flex their creative, melodically-charged muscles. Solitary Martyr arrived a year later with a quality delivery, and by the time that 2018’s For a Black Tomorrow came around, it was clear that Deathwhite’s early promise was not squandered at all. Well, it’s now 2020, and the band have returned with 49 minutes of new material. Continue reading “Deathwhite – Grave Image (Review)”

Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands (Review)

Grey Skies Fallen - Cold Dead LandsThis is the fifth album from Grey Skies Fallen, a progressive/melodic doom band from the US.

I enjoyed The Many Sides of Truth from 2014, so this new release is well-received. Continue reading “Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands (Review)”

Oceans – The Sun and the Cold (Review)

Oceans - The Sun and the ColdOceans are a metal band from Germany/Austria, and this is their debut album.

Oceans are an interesting band. Their music consists of an engaging combination of diverse influences, all wrapped together with coherent skill. Elements of death metal, melodic metal, melodic doom, nu-metal, and progressive metal can all be heard. Think of Continue reading “Oceans – The Sun and the Cold (Review)”

Evadne – Dethroned of Our Souls (Review)

Evadne - Dethroned of Our SoulsEvadne are a Spanish melodic death/doom band, and this is their latest release.

This is a compilation album featuring tracks taken from various sources. Across the album we get remixed/remastered songs, cover versions, live tracks, and the band’s original demo. All told, this is 66 minutes of doom collected under some pretty striking album art. Continue reading “Evadne – Dethroned of Our Souls (Review)”

Fjords – Onirica (Review)

Fjords - OniricaFjords are a progressive metal band from the UK and this is their debut album.

Onirica is an interesting and wide-ranging album, spanning, as it it does, elements of melodic doom and death metal, (think bands such as Katatonia, Opeth, and Agalloch), as well as more modern progressive and atmospheric metal. The end result is a curious mix of old and new, wrapped up in a professional, polished package that allows the band to be displayed in their best light. Continue reading “Fjords – Onirica (Review)”

Nailed to Obscurity – Black Frost (Review)

Nailed to Obscurity - Black FrostThis is the fourth album from Nailed to Obscurity, a melodic doom metal band from Germany.

Nailed to Obscurity play a modernised version of old-school death/doom. Black Frost contains 47 minutes of material that can be roughly characterised as a combination of old Katatonia mixed with elements of Paradise Lost, Insomnium, Opeth, Décembre Noir, and others. The band definitely let their own collective personalities shine through in the music, however. Continue reading “Nailed to Obscurity – Black Frost (Review)”