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

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8.2 | 512 votes

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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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published 01.08.2012 | Comments (27)

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garmling - 01.02.2012 at 12:48  
Rating: 9 At my first listen it was like meh, nice, but nothing special...but now, after few more spins it really started to grow on me...it is doomish album, but with lots of twists (black metal parts, death metal parts, ulver/empyrium like parts etc), so you can't really predict what's next throughout any of songs...this is one intricate piece of art which I truly enjoy!
Kenos - 01.02.2012 at 19:11  
 
Written by garmling on 01.02.2012 at 12:48

it is doomish album, but with lots of twists (black metal parts, death metal parts, ulver/empyrium like parts etc), so you can't really predict what's next throughout any of songs...this is one intricate piece of art which I truly enjoy!


Yea it's a great and rich album, though I don't enjoy that much the most accessible tunes like "Cathedral Walls" and "Silent Towers". The opener and "Hate, Lead The Way" are among the best StS' songs!
Justicelust - 01.02.2012 at 19:31  
Rating: 9 I never enjoyed anything in my like like I enjoyed This album, I feel like I am in a date when I listen to this album the strange thing is that the more I listen the more I love it. those who don't like this album much I suggest them listen to it again.
hadriel - 02.02.2012 at 03:20  
Rating: 9 I've always been a huuuge StS fan, but this album still managed to blow me away on the first listen even...if it gets better with subsequent listens I cannot wait. *runs to buy a vinyl copy asap*

Seriously though, they managed to build so much atmosphere with this album, it's great. I especially love how well this band manages to somehow make doom metal 'fast' on certain tracks without skipping a beat. The album flows seamlessly, sounds gorgeous, the black metal influences are a great addition...there's nothing I don't like about this album other than the fact that it ends.
Angel_Lament - 03.02.2012 at 03:04  
Rating: 10 Masterpiece.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2012 at 05:04  
  Another yawn inducing affair. Their best is still their debut. totally unoriginal and uninspiring poster boys of metal band.
woodsmoke666 - 03.02.2012 at 20:05  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2012 at 05:04

Another yawn inducing affair. Their best is still their debut. totally unoriginal and uninspiring poster boys of metal band.


Seriously man, everytime I read your comments on this band you come out with crap like this. Sure they are a more mainstream type of doom but comparing them to bands like Mar de Grises is foolish. Forget the genre tags cos both play different types of music.

Still getting into this new album so I'll hold off on a rating for now.
tea[m]ster - 03.02.2012 at 22:37  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2012 at 05:04

Another yawn inducing affair. Their best is still their debut. totally unoriginal and uninspiring poster boys of metal band.


gee, imagine that, Marcel eviscerates another album people actually like
Array - 03.02.2012 at 22:52  
Rating: 9 "Of Death And Corruption"
"Night Will Forgive Us"

These two are fine, but I wish those could have been better. Swallow The Sun hasn't really done any majestic finisher of an album, so far. Grief. Otherwise, really enjoying it. They know how to use simple ideas, broaden those on the run, put them in the right places of the constant flow, and how to decorate the ceremonial cake with impacts of mellow humaneness.
R'Vannith - 04.02.2012 at 01:00  
Rating: 8 This a pretty good album I felt, I really like "Hate Lead the Way", "Labyrinth of London", "Of Death and Corruption" and "April 14th". Just noticing this now but the vocals give me a very Depeche Mode vibe, especially in "This Cut Is The Deepest".
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.02.2012 at 01:57  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 03.02.2012 at 22:37

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2012 at 05:04

Another yawn inducing affair. Their best is still their debut. totally unoriginal and uninspiring poster boys of metal band.


gee, imagine that, Marcel eviscerates another album people actually like


problem is in this case that people like fucking shit.
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.02.2012 at 01:59  
 
Written by woodsmoke666 on 03.02.2012 at 20:05


Still getting into this new album so I'll hold off on a rating for now.


Still getting into it?

It's not a hard album to get into StS have never been a hard band to get into. One listen has always been enough.
Brad-Sabbath - 04.02.2012 at 03:04  
Rating: 9 Listening to it atm, Awesome ablum!
serega25 - 04.02.2012 at 08:55  
Rating: 8
Written by Brad-Sabbath on 04.02.2012 at 03:04

Listening to it atm, Awesome ablum!

Ablum - ahahha
woodsmoke666 - 04.02.2012 at 11:03  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 04.02.2012 at 01:59

Written by woodsmoke666 on 03.02.2012 at 20:05


Still getting into this new album so I'll hold off on a rating for now.


Still getting into it?

It's not a hard album to get into StS have never been a hard band to get into. One listen has always been enough.


Haha Marcel you have issues! I like to give it a few spins before giving an opinion and rating
Risto - 04.02.2012 at 12:29  
Rating: 7 This is definitely better than New Moon.
garmling - 04.02.2012 at 22:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 01.02.2012 at 19:11

Written by garmling on 01.02.2012 at 12:48

it is doomish album, but with lots of twists (black metal parts, death metal parts, ulver/empyrium like parts etc), so you can't really predict what's next throughout any of songs...this is one intricate piece of art which I truly enjoy!


Yea it's a great and rich album, though I don't enjoy that much the most accessible tunes like "Cathedral Walls" and "Silent Towers". The opener and "Hate, Lead The Way" are among the best StS' songs!


"Hate, Lead The Way" is a killer! simply amazing!!! other highlights for me are the title song, "Labyrinth of London" and "April 14th", though all the song are equally interesting, even those softer ones... definitely the best album of 2012 for me so far!
AXA - 04.02.2012 at 23:36  
Rating: 10 What a Grave album .... super album amazing play Instruments ....
Greatful lyric and tunes
every singel song is very special song ...
all this album is my favorite album of all time -my favorite song is emerald forest And the blackbird
" with the funeral Elements
" i really enjoy it alot
Brad-Sabbath - 05.02.2012 at 12:50  
Rating: 9
Written by serega25 on 04.02.2012 at 08:55

Written by Brad-Sabbath on 04.02.2012 at 03:04

Listening to it atm, Awesome ablum!

Ablum - ahahha



Doh! Damn typo ... album!
serega25 - 05.02.2012 at 13:46  
Rating: 8
Written by Brad-Sabbath on 05.02.2012 at 12:50

Written by serega25 on 04.02.2012 at 08:55

Written by Brad-Sabbath on 04.02.2012 at 03:04

Listening to it atm, Awesome ablum!

Ablum - ahahha



Doh! Damn typo ... album!

In russian ablum means epic fail...:lol:;D
Kenos - 05.02.2012 at 19:54  
  Listened to it again, and I must say it got better... Maybe it's the StS album I like the most. Very inspired, very mature, sometimes complex yet accessible... I'm surprised.
Chobo_jokeR - 06.02.2012 at 07:29  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 05.02.2012 at 19:54

Listened to it again, and I must say it got better... Maybe it's the StS album I like the most. Very inspired, very mature, sometimes complex yet accessible... I'm surprised.


I donno man, I think its leagues behind their debut. From the very first note of The Morning Never Came I knew I was in for something special. This one has moments where its good, some where its great. However, there are so many songs that meander and never really achieve anything, or ones that just straight up suck (Cathedral Walls...garbage). Might require a few more listens. I definitely did enjoy it more on the second go around, because I knew what to expect and didn't have the outrageous expectations I did upon the first listen.
RajaKafir - 06.02.2012 at 17:02  
Rating: 10 Perfect albums for early years \m/ the female voice in the first track really make me fell drowned in sadness..... great atmosphere.. i've not listened all the song yet.. but StS never make me dissapointed..
Traci Guns - 06.02.2012 at 20:32  
Rating: 10 Great Album . \m/
Pazdzioch - 09.02.2012 at 03:08  
  Quite overrated album. I also think that TMNC is their best achievement to date.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.02.2012 at 04:53  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 09.02.2012 at 03:08

Quite overrated album. I also think that TMNC is their best achievement to date.


true, strange how this band has only gone downhill ever since.
meadow - 11.02.2012 at 05:40  
Rating: 9 @Marcel Hubregtse downhill? all their albums have been great..even this one is still quite solid
Rawand - 13.02.2012 at 14:04  
Rating: 10 this album donot need to any talk
HaaskAksaaH - 13.02.2012 at 20:10  
Rating: 10 No talk just my rating after dozendz of listening to this masterpiece :
Emerald : 4
Deepest : 5 \m/
Hate : 5 \m/
Cathedral : 5
Heart : 4
Towers : 5
Labyrinth : 5 \m/
Of Death : 2!
April : 5 \m/
Night : 5 \m/
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4.5 / 5 but 10/10
BehzadSh - 17.02.2012 at 13:10  
Rating: 10 It was hard to vote 9 or 10, but "Emerald Forrest and the Blackbird" and last 4 track was awesome! specially "Labyrinth Of London (Horror Pt. IV)" and "April 14th" has a fantastic doom atmosphere, what I expect from Swallow the Sun.

And also the last track lyrics was wonderful!

really great album
advent - 24.02.2012 at 09:45  
Rating: 8 Very powerful album, combining a lot of genres together without losing focus on their doomish style , but i can't call it an original album and that is their weakness beside the good but ordinary songwriting. A solid 8 for me.
elseif - 25.02.2012 at 15:06  
Rating: 7 Can't get enough of "Labyrinth Of London (Horror Pt. IV)"
MeloDeathViking - 29.02.2012 at 06:19  
Rating: 6 Really disappointed with this album, no other way to say it.
3rdWorld - 29.02.2012 at 18:26  
  Heard the first few tracks, Njoyed it more than i should. Thats not a bad sign.
Vod52 - 01.03.2012 at 20:39  
Rating: 8 Great album
Vonpire - 02.03.2012 at 12:42  
Rating: 9 Best of 2012 so far and deserved. Great album.

Of course there are people who don't get a s*** about music, but we all know that already...
Slayer666 - 02.03.2012 at 12:46  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 04.02.2012 at 01:57

people like fucking shit.


I'm pretty sure no one on this site likes putting their dicks in feces, Marcel.
Mr. Doctor - 02.03.2012 at 15:42  
Rating: 5
Written by Slayer666 on 02.03.2012 at 12:46

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 04.02.2012 at 01:57

people like fucking shit.

I'm pretty sure no one on this site likes putting their dicks in feces, Marcel.


But if they did... they would say that it's far more enjoyable than this album.
InnerSelf - 02.03.2012 at 16:03  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.03.2012 at 15:42

But if they did... they would say that it's far more enjoyable than this album.


Are you just trying to be Marcel-like
I found it better than I expected after the first listen
Mr. Doctor - 02.03.2012 at 16:10  
Rating: 5
Written by InnerSelf on 02.03.2012 at 16:03

Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.03.2012 at 15:42

But if they did... they would say that it's far more enjoyable than this album.


Are you just trying to be Marcel-like
I found it better than I expected after the first listen


Nah, not really... I was bored and I just had to answer
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.03.2012 at 16:10  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 02.03.2012 at 16:03

Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.03.2012 at 15:42

But if they did... they would say that it's far more enjoyable than this album.


Are you just trying to be Marcel-like
I found it better than I expected after the first listen


Mr. Doctor is actually called Mr.Doctor.exe
InnerSelf - 02.03.2012 at 16:21  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.03.2012 at 16:10

Nah, not really... I was bored and I just had to answer



Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.03.2012 at 16:10

Mr. Doctor is actually called Mr.Doctor.exe


hahaha true been a while since we used it
Koen Smits - 02.03.2012 at 16:23  
  This album doesn't touch my cold clothes (or how do you say that in English )
Slayer666 - 03.03.2012 at 16:42  
  This made it to Top 100?
Regardless of what Marcel and Little-Marcel say, this has to be checked out. Just so I stay up-to-date.
Milena - 04.03.2012 at 22:36  
 
Written by Koen Smits on 02.03.2012 at 16:23

This album doesn't touch my cold clothes (or how do you say that in English )

That's a fuckin' brilliant figure of speech, if only you could translate to English so I'd know what it means
John Shock - 10.03.2012 at 18:01  
  Can someone explain to me how this band sounds like? ...
3rdWorld - 11.03.2012 at 08:36  
 
Written by John Shock on 10.03.2012 at 18:01

Can someone explain to me how this band sounds like? ...

Slow melodic doom with a lot of acoustic guitar interludes and Gothic vocals.
3rdWorld - 11.03.2012 at 08:51  
  8.9 after 220 votes?? This isn't really that good kind of shit. Maybe its last year's Varjoina.. all over again.
Sonic MrSumo - 15.03.2012 at 00:55  
Rating: 9 Not a big fan of doom, but I don't mind this.
Troy Killjoy - 15.03.2012 at 04:47  
 
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 15.03.2012 at 00:55
Not a big fan of doom, but I don't mind this.

You don't have to be a fan of doom to like Swallow the Sun. Basically if you like any kind of melodic metal with a somber atmosphere, you'll probably enjoy their sound.

Doom elitists deny their right to the doom metal tag, but they are a doom metal band. Just... very watered down and accessible. I still personally enjoy their style but like I said, you don't have to be a fan of doom to like them.

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