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Release date: 1 February 2012
Style: Melodic Death doom metal

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01. Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
02. This Cut Is The Deepest
03. Hate, Lead The Way
04. Cathedral Walls [feat. Anette Olzon]
05. Hearts Wide Shut
06. Silent Towers
07. Labyrinth Of London (Horror Pt. IV)
08. Of Death And Corruption
09. April 14th
10. Night Will Forgive Us

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Rating:
8.2
What attracted me to Swallow The Sun in the first place? Hard to say, but it was definitely their take on combining elements of doom and melodic death metal and putting their own spin on the outcome. And while not originators of this not easily defined genre, Swallow The Sun stayed somewhat true to their basic formula over the years.

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MechanisT - 08.05.2011 at 17:14  
  Hell yeah! Hell yeah! HELL YEAH!
MetalSpider - 08.05.2011 at 19:13  
Rating: 10 Nice! This should be interesting...and great hopefully.
Pankar95 - 10.05.2011 at 09:53  
  Great news, they are my favourite doom metal band
MaiSweettShaadow - 19.05.2011 at 23:33  
Rating: 6 OMG cant wait cant wait
SSM - 22.06.2011 at 00:08  
  Waiting for strange rhythms, strong music phrases and unpredictable melodies plus unique vocals.
Troy Killjoy - 22.06.2011 at 01:20  
 
Written by SSM on 22.06.2011 at 00:08

Waiting for strange rhythms, strong music phrases and unpredictable melodies plus unique vocals.

I think you're waiting for the new Saturnus, not Swallow the Sun.
SSM - 22.06.2011 at 01:50  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.06.2011 at 01:20

I think you're waiting for the new Saturnus, not Swallow the Sun.


I'm not really waiting for anything...
but Swallow the Sun demonstrated that they can be creative.
AXA - 11.08.2011 at 11:05  
Rating: 10 AWESOME
lord artan - 22.08.2011 at 02:18  
Rating: 10 I cant wait
Vorgoth - 21.09.2011 at 08:35  
Rating: 9 Feb 1st! awwww yeah!
meadow - 09.11.2011 at 18:50  
Rating: 9 Cant Wait That Long!!:wall:
metaleaterr - 10.01.2012 at 11:01  
  Can't wait..Cathedral Walls is brilliant! STS create doom with such elegance and beauty nowhere seen before!!!
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2012 at 11:35  
 
Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 11:01

STS create doom with such elegance and beauty nowhere seen before!!!

I would beg to differ.
The first band in your favourtie bands list (Mar De Grises) is an example of a doom band who are way more elegant and more beautiful and vastly superior to the derivative doom StS plays.
metaleaterr - 10.01.2012 at 12:09  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.01.2012 at 11:35

Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 11:01

STS create doom with such elegance and beauty nowhere seen before!!!

I would beg to differ.
The first band in your favourtie bands list (Mar De Grises) is an example of a doom band who are way more elegant and more beautiful and vastly superior to the derivative doom StS plays.

Well..I have to say I haven't listened to them before. So I can't comment about this until I hear them. But still if you listen to STS as you usually listen to other so-called stereotypical doom metal bands, you won't be able to understand them. Swallow The Sun is not just about music, it's all about that true doom metal feeling that takes you to another level. In fact I would say further that they are the only band that have been able to express doom so well, both lyrically and musically. If you still aren't convinced, go and listen to their album Hope and even New Moon. Not just listen, follow the lyrics and get the feeling and emotions that evoke from their music. I'm not saying melodic, there are far more melodic bands than STS, but the combination of melody, aggression and sorrow intermingled with an aura of menacing atmosphere. Just listen to the tracks 'Doomed to walk the earth' & 'Don't Fall Asleep' to get the idea! And follow the lyrics. Watch the video of Doomed to... get the feeling. Doom and STS is nothing for you if you don't it in the right sense. I'll definitely check out Mar de grises as I've heard much about them but that will not at all lessen my awe, admiration and respect for this great band that got me into true doom metal.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2012 at 12:15  
 
Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 12:09

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.01.2012 at 11:35

Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 11:01

STS create doom with such elegance and beauty nowhere seen before!!!

I would beg to differ.
The first band in your favourtie bands list (Mar De Grises) is an example of a doom band who are way more elegant and more beautiful and vastly superior to the derivative doom StS plays.

Well..I have to say I haven't listened to them before. ... I'll definitely check out Mar de grises as I've heard much about them ...




Then why do you have Mar De Grises listed in your favourite bands list if you haven't heard them?

Swallow The Sun is the most prefabricated plastic shallow doom around to my ears. Almost like a pop boyband.
metaleaterr - 10.01.2012 at 13:21  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.01.2012 at 12:15

Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 12:09

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.01.2012 at 11:35

Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 11:01

STS create doom with such elegance and beauty nowhere seen before!!!

I would beg to differ.
The first band in your favourtie bands list (Mar De Grises) is an example of a doom band who are way more elegant and more beautiful and vastly superior to the derivative doom StS plays.

Well..I have to say I haven't listened to them before. ... I'll definitely check out Mar de grises as I've heard much about them ...




Then why do you have Mar De Grises listed in your favourite bands list if you haven't heard them?

Swallow The Sun is the most prefabricated plastic shallow doom around to my ears. Almost like a pop boyband.

Well..That sounds deliberate Majority of MS members and doom metal fans will disagree with this comment, that's for sure..At least the 'pop boyband' tag is laughable. Anyway, its your opinion and that won't have any effect on the interests of the rest of metal community. And regarding Mar de Grises, I meant to say, I haven't heard it well,i.e I have not listened to any album of theirs, only some samples which I liked and so instantly became one of my faves(as you can see, the list is quite big ) but not to that extent that they be greater than STS. STS RULZZ DOOM!!!! and the whole doom metal community knows that. Even big doom acts like My Dying Bride and Candlemass respect them and personally convey them to let them know how great their music is. What can others say?
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2012 at 13:27  
 
Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 13:21

...Majority of ... and doom metal fans will disagree with this comment, that's for sure...


I can guarantee you that the majority of doom metal fans that go to doom festivals and doom concerts and such agree with me
metaleaterr - 10.01.2012 at 13:40  
  I disagree..May be for the local scene. But for worldwide, Swallow The Sun>>>>>>mar de grises. In fact, there is no comparison b/w the two. They are miles apart. It's for the first time I saw someone making so silly a comparison. This is so awkward.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2012 at 13:46  
 
Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 13:40

I disagree..May be for the local scene. But for worldwide, Swallow The Sun>>>>>>mar de grises. In fact, there is no comparison b/w the two. They are miles apart. It's for the first time I saw someone making so silly a comparison. This is so awkward.


MdG is way better than StS, StS might be more popular but that doesn't make them better. I am talking about doom fans and doom bands worldwide where the majority don't think too highly of StS at all.
metaleaterr - 10.01.2012 at 13:47  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.06.2011 at 01:20

Written by SSM on 22.06.2011 at 00:08

Waiting for strange rhythms, strong music phrases and unpredictable melodies plus unique vocals.

I think you're waiting for the new Saturnus, not Swallow the Sun.

ha ha...quite true!
Mr. Doctor - 10.01.2012 at 13:58  
Rating: 5
Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 13:40

I disagree..May be for the local scene. But for worldwide, Swallow The Sun>>>>>>mar de grises. In fact, there is no comparison b/w the two. They are miles apart. It's for the first time I saw someone making so silly a comparison. This is so awkward.


Yeah.... People usually lose all the credibility I would give them the minute I see they have an absurd amount of bands in their bandlist and specially if they don't even listen to a band and put them in a list of their favorite bands.

You call the comparison silly... I call your entire list of favorite bands, your (lack of) knowledge of the doom scene and your way of listening to one melody to call a band a favorite being completely silly.
Pétur - 10.01.2012 at 14:03  
  Swallow The Sun is just an average band for the Doom metal fan, if you visit any doom metal concert/fest you can go around and ask and they will all most likely say it. Swallow the Sun is popular with the non doom metal, not really surprising as when you come down to it Swallow the Sun is not really Doom metal but more Melodic Death with some Doom in it.
metaleaterr - 10.01.2012 at 14:25  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.01.2012 at 13:58

Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 13:40

I disagree..May be for the local scene. But for worldwide, Swallow The Sun>>>>>>mar de grises. In fact, there is no comparison b/w the two. They are miles apart. It's for the first time I saw someone making so silly a comparison. This is so awkward.


Yeah.... People usually lose all the credibility I would give them the minute I see they have an absurd amount of bands in their bandlist and specially if they don't even listen to a band and put them in a list of their favorite bands.

You call the comparison silly... I call your entire list of favorite bands, your (lack of) knowledge of the doom scene and your way of listening to one melody to call a band a favorite being completely silly.

Why not? Its not one melody. Understand what I say fully and then comment. When I add some band in my fave list, it means that I've listened it enough and liked it that much. Otherwise, why would I add it. Everytime It's not a necessary condition that you've to listen to a whole lot of albums or complete discography to add it as favorite. It's a personal choice and if I listen to a few songs and then it becomes an instant favorite, that's not silly. The question was not this one. Rather the argument was the comparison of a mar de grises to STS. That's was silly! If I've a big list, that means I've listened a lot and my opinion should matter and that means I'm a more flexible listener. The problem with you guys is that you don't appreciate good music. Instead you fight and argue over it . That leads nowhere. Go listen to STS and other doom bands I've in my list with your earnest attention and compare. You will know yourself what a silly argument that was and no need to argue for that. And regarding your knowledge of doom scene, its quite apparent to me now, what knowledge you have! By Your deliberate way of negating everything and illogical arguments, whatever respect you had earned in my mind until now, that is lost now. I listen to a lot of metal nowadays and I've heard everything that's included in that list...some less some more..that doesn't matter. But they have quality, that's for sure. Look closely before you judge people btw!
Mr. Doctor - 10.01.2012 at 14:35  
Rating: 5
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2012 at 14:43  
  I am about 99.999999% certain I listened and heard more bands than you Metaleaterr and I am also certain I have more knowledge of the doom scene than you.

Even though all this is true you are allowed to view StS as the epitome of doom, but also got to respect me and a loads of people like me in the doom scene that don't regard StS highly at all.
Mr. Doctor - 10.01.2012 at 14:53  
Rating: 5
Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 14:25
comment


You see dude.... My problem with your comment isn't your opinion of Swallow The Sun, Mar De Grises or the entire doom scene. What forced me to post in the first place was the following:
Quote:
It's for the first time I saw someone making so silly a comparison.

Basically... You are being just as much (if not more) arrogant than you think I am. Even if I didn't know SWT or MDG I would have commented about it if given the chance because if you regard someone's opinion as silly then you obviously will get the same treatment back for not showing respect.
Marillion - 10.01.2012 at 15:36  
Rating: 9 I couldn't agree more!!!
metaleaterr - 10.01.2012 at 16:14  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.01.2012 at 14:53

Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 14:25
comment


You see dude.... My problem with your comment isn't your opinion of Swallow The Sun, Mar De Grises or the entire doom scene. What forced me to post in the first place was the following:
Quote:
It's for the first time I saw someone making so silly a comparison.

Basically... You are being just as much (if not more) arrogant than you think I am. Even if I didn't know SWT or MDG I would have commented about it if given the chance because if you regard someone's opinion as silly then you obviously will get the same treatment back for not showing respect.

Now you got me wrong here. I'm not saying his opinion is silly. I was just suggesting that the argument itself is silly as I don't usually compare bands like that. I know Mar de Grises is also a very good band. But comparing it straight with STS is a bit far-fetched as you know what place STS has in doom metal. I usually don't go into such arguments about bands. But what pissed me of was his labeling of such a great band as --- "Swallow The Sun is the most prefabricated plastic shallow doom around to my ears. Almost like a pop boyband." Now any guy who doesn't like STS also won't comment like this. Don't you think this is a bit immature. And he was the first to compare, not me.
Mr. Doctor - 10.01.2012 at 16:16  
Rating: 5
Written by metaleaterr on 10.01.2012 at 16:14
And he was the first to compare, not me.


Everything can be compared tbh... They are in the same genre, of course I can compare them if I feel like it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.01.2012 at 16:30  
  And I stand by my judgement of StS as coming across as prefabricated plastic shallow doom comparable to a boy band. Just look at how they are marketed by their label and how they dress for photshoots and aso live. Hell, that scream like a by band version of a doom band.
Troy Killjoy - 10.01.2012 at 21:17  
  Even as someone who enjoys much of the Suns' discog, I can easily agree with Marcel on every point he's made.
Akbarz - 14.01.2012 at 15:20  
Rating: 7 Just watched their new music video, doesn' seem like we gonna experience something different...
MetalSpider - 14.01.2012 at 18:52  
Rating: 10 I enjoy everything that Swallow the Sun does, I love their music...and Kai Hahto is an incredible drummer. I do see where Marcel is coming from though. Regardless...I love their music.
sickbrain - 16.01.2012 at 17:13  
  Swallow the sun-Emerald Forest And The Blackbird-2012-TEASER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL994wc1AJI
tea[m]ster - 17.01.2012 at 03:24  
 
Written by Pétur on 10.01.2012 at 14:03

Swallow The Sun is just an average band for the Doom metal fan, if you visit any doom metal concert/fest you can go around and ask and they will all most likely say it. Swallow the Sun is popular with the non doom metal, not really surprising as when you come down to it Swallow the Sun is not really Doom metal but more Melodic Death with some Doom in it.


^This

I am not a doom fan but I like New Moon because it contains enough melo and prog to keep me hooked.
Mikyz - 20.01.2012 at 10:15  
  I'm not excited to listen to this if the music video is representative enough, this whole album will be a tedious, boring listen to say the least.

I agree with Marcel on this point, StS are pretty bland, and tad bit poppy. Not of all of their discography, mind you, but it's been going downhill. Also Mar De Grises are on a whole different level, they're not even slightly comparable. One is unbelievably crushing, the other (StS) fleeting and forgettable. I'll be reading reviews though.
altercuca - 25.01.2012 at 12:10  
  Http://www.inferno.fi/inferno-tarjoaa-kuuntele-uusi-swallow-the-sun-levy-6513/

I just saw this on their FB page today

Enjoy, I sure have .
altercuca - 25.01.2012 at 12:25  
  And FFS!!!!! metaleaterr StS is Melodic Death before Doom. Having listened to all those bands you claim you might hear the fuckin difference.
Marcel Hubregtse - 25.01.2012 at 13:35  
 
Written by altercuca on 25.01.2012 at 12:25

And FFS!!!!! metaleaterr StS is Melodic Death before Doom. Having listened to all those bands you claim you might hear the fuckin difference.


well to be honest their first album was death doom
Chobo_jokeR - 25.01.2012 at 19:32  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.01.2012 at 13:35

Written by altercuca on 25.01.2012 at 12:25

And FFS!!!!! metaleaterr StS is Melodic Death before Doom. Having listened to all those bands you claim you might hear the fuckin difference.


well to be honest their first album was death doom


And they've never reached the quality of that first album again. I've used your profile as an eye opener for great bands in the doom scene (i.e. Mourning Beloveth and Process of Guilt to name just two - hadn't really heard of them until I looked through your list). Definitely agree with your standpoint on StS as well, I love their first album, but everything else has been a disappointment.
Kenos - 25.01.2012 at 20:25  
  It should be leaked now. I'll listen to it after dinner.
Marcel Hubregtse - 25.01.2012 at 20:39  
 
Written by Guest on 25.01.2012 at 20:25

It should be leaked now. I'll listen to it after dinner.


I'll pray for your well-being
Kenos - 25.01.2012 at 22:15  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.01.2012 at 20:39

Written by Guest on 25.01.2012 at 20:25

It should be leaked now. I'll listen to it after dinner.


I'll pray for your well-being


Seventh song only, but so far I'm enjoying it. Yeah, nothing extraordinary/original, but it's well written and carefully arranged and it doesn't sound so kitschy... And tbh I was expecting it, despite the borefest "Cathedral Walls".
I admit I've never disliked StS, while I find other bands of this genre (Draconian for example) very mediocre and tiresome. Hmm, tastes, I guess.
strade - 26.01.2012 at 03:00  
Rating: 7 First of all, metaleaterr can't be serious. Those are some of the most ludicrous comments I've seen on here in a long time.

Second of all, after the somewhat boring opening track, I really started enjoying this. I'll see how it ends up.
Passenger - 26.01.2012 at 04:21  
Rating: 10 I think Hope is still my favorite, haven't listened to this yet, apart from the single, which I liked very much, so I have high expectations.

Furthermore, I think metaleaterr makes valid points, which are undermined by his inconsistent listening habits. I don't understand how someone can pick a band as a favorite and not be familiar with all of its work, but at the same time, if band A is more successful than band B in a genre as restricted as Doom Metal, surely band A's popularity suggests fans as a whole don't agree their quality is that dissimilar, styles aside.

At the same time, Marcel has demonstrated a peculiar despise for Swallow the Sun, which he has justified with arrogant, subjective and derogatory verbosity. I believe more Doom Metal fans like Swallow the Sun than the other way around, but it seems he can guarantee I'm wrong. He claims Swallow the Sun are prefabricated plastic shallow Doom comparable to a boyband; as if living in a bubble, he easily dismisses a band with real instruments, playing its own songs, making music considered inaccessible by the majority of the population and compares it with the exact opposite. And to top it all, this comparison is legitimized, in his opinion, by Swallow the Sun's acceptance to dress jeans and black jackets in photoshoots I guess, pretty much the same kind of clothes every Metal band, including Mar de Grises, sports. And all this, it seems, because, oh noes, Swallow the Sun has probably managed to write long, slow, gloomy songs that are catchy. OH NOES! Big violation of the constitution of Doom Metal, article 69, paragraph k).

Or something along these lines.

Anyway, I'm just here for the music (which I consider Death Doom Metal and believe Melodic Death Metal's definition has instead been adultered lately, a band like Insomnium being a clear reason).
Bad English - 26.01.2012 at 20:12  
  So much comments huh Swallow The CUM - well I agree whit Marcel, I never was fan of this band even I have heard all albums, today played this 2 times , I wont be time for any more and I wont buy it, it was well not bad but not good, some songs was boring, some good, but it was to week generaly speeking to say its good doom, this band is overated , if we comparing what bad pop music is on radio, I will defenetly be happy hear it on radio but generaly no, I dobt I ever will listen this album in next 5 years generaly I havnt listen this band after I download and delite all albums some years ago
R'Vannith - 27.01.2012 at 03:31  
Rating: 8 This sounds more like a slow paced melodic death metal than doom to me. This might be the reason some doom fans aren't too fussed over it is because it sounds weak as a purely doom album, but that's only because it isn't.
Some tracks sound more like doom though, 'Emerald Forest and the Blackbird', 'Cathedral Walls', 'April 14th' are very doom sounding. But mostly I get the feeling of melodic death.

At their 'doomier' moments I think they do it quite well, but they do the melodic death part better I think.
Zender 1.8 - 27.01.2012 at 07:04  
  I truly want it, i hope i will see something new \m/
altercuca - 27.01.2012 at 09:10  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.01.2012 at 13:35

Written by altercuca on 25.01.2012 at 12:25

And FFS!!!!! metaleaterr StS is Melodic Death before Doom. Having listened to all those bands you claim you might hear the fuckin difference.


well to be honest their first album was death doom


yes...and that's it! plague of the butterflies has almost 25 min of melodic death (-.-" the song is 30 min). I tell you they're slippin away from doom
HaaskAksaaH - 28.01.2012 at 19:57  
Rating: 10 I'M LISTENING TO THIS AT NOW ,,,, AND IT SOUNDS HOLLY FUCKING AWESOME \\M//

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