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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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published 01.08.2012 | Comments (27)

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Sonic MrSumo - 15.03.2012 at 04:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.03.2012 at 04:47

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.

I have given doom a thorough chance, but I find it quite tedious and just when you think it's going to intensify, or pick up the tempo, it just keeps plodding along as it has done for the previous hour.

I'm reconciled to the fact that this is probably as close to liking any type of "doom" as it's going to get for me.
Sonic MrSumo - 15.03.2012 at 23:26  
Rating: 9 Cathedral Walls could be one of the most beautiful metal ballads I've heard.
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.03.2012 at 07:43  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.03.2012 at 04:47

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.


No I/we don''t deny them the doom metal tag, we just say it''s extremely watered down and accessible doom for the masses which is marketed almost like being a boy band
Mr. Doctor - 16.03.2012 at 09:17  
Rating: 5
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 15.03.2012 at 04:56
I have given doom a thorough chance, but I find it quite tedious and just when you think it's going to intensify, or pick up the tempo, it just keeps plodding along as it has done for the previous hour.


You've heard the wrong records tbh...
Sonic MrSumo - 16.03.2012 at 14:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.03.2012 at 09:17

Written by Sonic MrSumo on 15.03.2012 at 04:56
I have given doom a thorough chance, but I find it quite tedious and just when you think it's going to intensify, or pick up the tempo, it just keeps plodding along as it has done for the previous hour.


You've heard the wrong records tbh...

Perhaps you're right. I'd appreciate some recommendations if you could.
lord artan - 16.03.2012 at 14:24  
Rating: 10 I love this album
Mr. Doctor - 16.03.2012 at 22:04  
Rating: 5
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 16.03.2012 at 14:19

Perhaps you're right. I'd appreciate some recommendations if you could.


Well, if you want some more intensity and change of tempos, stuff like Death/doom would be something you might like!
I don't want to go too offtopic but I'll give you some links of some extreme doom threads where you can ask around and some people (myself included) could help you!

Extreme Doom Metal
Old School Death/Doom Metal
Uldreth - 16.03.2012 at 23:13  
 
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 16.03.2012 at 14:19


Perhaps you're right. I'd appreciate some recommendations if you could.

Do you know Katatonia?

Early Katatonia is my absolute favourite doom metal band, they are relatively accessible, I'd say (they have lots of pretty melodies and I find them to be way more uplifitng than depressing) and do have tempo shifts and stuff like it.

Katatonia - In Silence Enshrined

Yeah, this is pretty offtopic though.
Sonic MrSumo - 17.03.2012 at 01:51  
Rating: 9 Thanks guys...will check them out!
Sleeping Dragon - 20.03.2012 at 07:18  
Rating: 8
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 15.03.2012 at 00:55

Not a big fan of doom, but I don't mind this.


My sentiments exactly. I didn't exactly recall enjoying their last album when it came out, but this isn't half bad. I was pleasantly surprised, because doom metal bores me 90% of the time.

I hereby dub this album recommend-worthy.
Sonic MrSumo - 20.03.2012 at 07:41  
Rating: 9
Written by Sleeping Dragon on 20.03.2012 at 07:18

Written by Sonic MrSumo on 15.03.2012 at 00:55

Not a big fan of doom, but I don't mind this.


My sentiments exactly. I didn't exactly recall enjoying their last album when it came out, but this isn't half bad. I was pleasantly surprised, because doom metal bores me 90% of the time.

I hereby dub this album recommend-worthy.

The more I listen to it, the more and more I'm liking it. I hereby upgrade my rating to a 9.
*!* - 03.04.2012 at 14:48  
Rating: 8 Its definitely a grower, at first i didnt like it at all but now it a 8.5 for me.
Troy Killjoy - 08.04.2012 at 05:38  
  My god does this album take a long time to get through. :|

Every song leaves you feeling like something more is going to happen, but it never does. They spend so much time building up to something epic only to fall flat on their face. This is a major disappointment for me as I was at least expecting something along the same lines of what they've always done, and what they've always done is capitalize on their ability to build their riffs into something majestic and sorrowful. This time around it just seems like they forgot the stories need a middle and an end.
Nightfall - 19.04.2012 at 23:41  
Rating: 6 This insipid record still at top.
Troy Killjoy - 20.04.2012 at 05:39  
 
Written by Nightfall on 19.04.2012 at 23:41
This insipid record still at top.

Fanboys, man. I wonder how much hate someone would get for giving this a negative review...
AngelofDeth - 21.04.2012 at 20:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.04.2012 at 05:38

My god does this album take a long time to get through. :|

Every song leaves you feeling like something more is going to happen, but it never does. They spend so much time building up to something epic only to fall flat on their face. This is a major disappointment for me as I was at least expecting something along the same lines of what they've always done, and what they've always done is capitalize on their ability to build their riffs into something majestic and sorrowful. This time around it just seems like they forgot the stories need a middle and an end.

Yea I sortof felt the same way.. whenever the distortion kicks-in its never enough and leaves you discontent, especially in comparison to their old stuff... but the one thing i do enjoy is that the slower songs are really good for what they are. Super mellow, relaxing and catchy, almost Suomi-like which is nice occasionally to take a break from the endless barrage of Metal throughout the day, though I wouldnt say a solid release overall.
Night Sight - 24.04.2012 at 20:41  
  Not as good as their previous new moon but still it is very strong record.the emotions and vocals are a bit different from their other releases but i dont find the heaviness i really liked in tracks like losing the sunset or evael witch i i think their best work form the ep palague of butterflies
the highlights are the cut is the deepest and the title track
Draugen - 26.04.2012 at 21:03  
Rating: 6 Swallow the Sun's discography has now become somewhat of a roller coaster to me, with the peaks being their debut and 2010's New Moon. I was really hoping for the trend to change but Emerald Forest and the Blackbird marks a huge plunge in quality and the result is the biggest disappointment of the year.

Right from the beginning it is evident that there is a change in direction and I am not a fan of it. The second track has to be one of the worst songs by the band and while listening to it I was silently praying that the album was just off to a bad start. Unfortunately I was wrong. I don't have anything against the clean vocals per se but there is way to much focus on them throughout the album. And don't get me started on the spoken passages which adds nothing what so ever.

Overall the album feels cluttered with no sense of direction or memorability. It is far too drawn out and a sense of boredom quickly established itself. While the majority of the tracks felt dull there were a few exceptions. The Horror songs have always been a highlight and part IV is the best of the album. That ain't saying much however since it pales in comparison to the previous parts.

Swallow the Sun can do so much better than this and it is so frustrating to see this decline in quality.
Troy Killjoy - 26.04.2012 at 21:05  
 
Written by Draugen on 26.04.2012 at 21:03
Swallow the Sun can do so much better than this and it is so frustrating to see this decline in quality.

Everything you said is spot on. How 'bout a review?
Draugen - 26.04.2012 at 21:18  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.04.2012 at 21:05

Everything you said is spot on. How 'bout a review?


Hmmm... I don't know. I'm not sure if I would be able to pull it off. Not to mention all the hate I would get from all the fanboys.

I will think about it. Never say never, to quote the one and only Justin Bieber.
Troy Killjoy - 26.04.2012 at 21:20  
 
Written by Draugen on 26.04.2012 at 21:18
Hmmm... I don't know. I'm not sure if I would be able to pull it off. Not to mention all the hate I would get from all the fanboys.

I think the mini-review of a comment you posted indicates you have the ability to go a little more in-depth with this.

And don't worry about fanboys... sometimes it's fun to see how easy it is to make their blood boil over a simple difference in opinion.
Dark Blood - 27.04.2012 at 02:51  
Rating: 7 I have to admit I'm kind of a StS fanboy myself. "Fanboy" as in I always loved every work of them, but I have to be realistic here, and I agree they are somewhat overrated.

This album is getting seriously hard to sink in. I have the feeling that they didn't take too much effort to this, honestly. It lacks atmosphere, and as Troy mentioned before, it seems they're building up to something epic but it never happens. There's also a slight simplicity that is very unusual in their songs.
I don't know, maybe it's a grower, but it's taking its (slow) time to grow on me alright. So I'll just let it spin a few more times before I rate it. For today I'm through with it, and I'm going back to TMNC epicness.
The Melting Snow - 27.04.2012 at 09:56  
Rating: 9 Great album, maybe not as good as New Moon, but i really enjoy listening to this one.
InnerSelf - 27.04.2012 at 14:28  
  Finally summoned the strength to listen to it and it was ok, a nice listen some nice guitar passages and a couple of great vocal lines and that's it. everything that used to charm me is gone and this is as plastic as a Doom metal album can be (still better than the last Draconian though)
Array - 27.04.2012 at 15:04  
Rating: 9 I think that saying this is plastic something isn't that right. It's soft in many ways, it could be harsher, but that's not the synonym for plastic in my books. Plastic is something like Enthroned, which year after year releases that banal bullshit bm, which has absolutely nothing interesting in it, and which never tried to be anything else. And yet they continue... So, Swallow The Sun has increased some contrast in their music (pretty much what Katatonia did too) by putting in some very light gothic pieces and retaining some of the heavier parts. Some of the theme music composed for Twin Peaks seem to have influenced this Swallow The Sun album the most; actually that sort of love/death floating is a very strong element here. I'd change Plastic to Peaceful.
Marcel Hubregtse - 27.04.2012 at 15:10  
 
Written by Array on 27.04.2012 at 15:04

I think that saying this is plastic something isn't that right. It's soft in many ways, it could be harsher, but that's not the synonym for plastic in my books. Plastic is something like Enthroned, which year after year releases that banal bullshit bm, which has absolutely nothing interesting in it, and which never tried to be anything else. And yet they continue... So, Swallow The Sun has increased some contrast in their music (pretty much what Katatonia did too) by putting in some very light gothic pieces and retaining some of the heavier parts. Some of the theme music composed for Twin Peaks seem to have influenced this Swallow The Sun album the most; actually that sort of love/death floating is a very strong element here. I'd change Plastic to Peaceful.



I would also call this plastic, due to the overproduction and the thought out image and such. Plastic as in no feeling to the music as well.
InnerSelf - 27.04.2012 at 15:15  
  I'd probably change Peaceful to boring
To me Doom has to be either one of two things : Crushing and oppressive as in Winter, Esoteric, MDB's debut .... or Melancholic and heart wrenching as in Saturnus, Officium Triste, Shattered Hope and new MDB
this album is clearly aimed at the melancholic side and it fails miserably to make me feel this way (and this is a completely subjective matter) but objectively speaking, most of the riffs are recycled and there's way too much Katatonia worship as if they went soft (softer actually) just for the sake of it.
I used to love what they do and didn't bother with people (Marcel) calling it uninspired, but this one made me lose all hope
Array - 27.04.2012 at 20:12  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.04.2012 at 15:10

I would also call this plastic, due to the overproduction and the thought out image and such. Plastic as in no feeling to the music as well.

There is a standard for what is a metre. Things can be under a meter or over a metre. There isn't a standard for production; overproduction is a term that could mean pretty much anything. And anyway... it is their sound, which doesn't include crazily lots of sound tracks mixed together or layers over a layer. For sure it isn't mastered and mixed like a punk band's demo from the 80's, but why should it? Rawer mixing habits wouldn't help this album's nature nor would the added distortion (or whatever it is some of you yearn for).
What's that thought out image? They wear pretty normal clothes and that's it. This isn't Gwar of Lordi, so it's hard to know what's the issue. Most of the bands do think a bit what to put on when they go to perform or possibly for a promo picture shootings. Swallow The Sun's performance live basicly includes band T-shirts and a beanie on Mikko's head, and in the promo pictures they might have a candle or two. Earth shattering? Not. This band doesn't try to be one of the rawest doom bands out there, they just do their thing, which isn't 100% doom. You can call it plastic in the future as well, but I just wanted to bring out that they aren't running after some typical sound and fail in it (like Enthroned).
Vikingr - 29.04.2012 at 22:41  
Rating: 8 I liked it
The Melting Snow - 03.05.2012 at 20:38  
Rating: 9 Can't get enough of Labyrinth of London. A near perfect song.
Coolingsrock - 21.05.2012 at 20:56  
Rating: 9 Its the best song on the album, for sure.
omjaimes - 22.05.2012 at 05:06  
  I've enyojed this album, like past StS albums, is quite good one, but doesn't surprise me so much.
Stoned Crow - 23.05.2012 at 09:32  
  This album isn't horrible, but compared to previous releases it's not up to par- not even close.
The Melting Snow - 25.05.2012 at 21:27  
Rating: 9 Metal Storm's rating system is really flawed :|
Troy Killjoy - 25.05.2012 at 22:02  
 
Written by The Melting Snow on 25.05.2012 at 21:27
Metal Storm's rating system is really flawed :|

Old complaint is old.
The Melting Snow - 25.05.2012 at 22:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 22:02

Written by The Melting Snow on 25.05.2012 at 21:27
Metal Storm's rating system is really flawed :|

Old complaint is old.



Hahaha
then why dont the admins do anything about it. noticed how when a new album comes out the rating of other top albums suddenly falls down considerably?

giving your favorite bands a high rating without thought is bearable, but giving other bands a 1 or a 2 just to make them fall down in lists. annoying.
Troy Killjoy - 25.05.2012 at 22:21  
 
Written by The Melting Snow on 25.05.2012 at 22:15
then why dont the admins do anything about it.

Because this is like the least important feature of the site. If you find a vote abuser, feel free to PM me. But don't expect us to scour the charts to make sure vote abusers are kept under control. We have far more important things to do.
Mr. Doctor - 02.06.2012 at 23:58  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 22:21

Because this is like the least important feature of the site. If you find a vote abuser, feel free to PM me.


Ooooh, so you are the one who pretty much re-direct him to me yesterday ahahahahhahaa.
Dentura - 23.06.2012 at 09:28  
Rating: 8 I should have given this album much more attention when it came out, this is absolutely spellbinding, and even better than New Moon (which i also love)!
Druss - 23.06.2012 at 13:12  
Rating: 5 Found the lyrics far too cliched (and you expect that a bit sometimes, but here I found it extremely irritating), and the music was boring. Like has been suggested about it before, it seemed to be building up to something, and it never arrived.
MechanisT - 03.07.2012 at 22:25  
  Man, this is really overrated. Doesn't hold a candle to New Moon, let alone their debut. It has some entertainment factor to it, but the thrills most certainly do not last.
A very underwhelming experience.
Troy Killjoy - 03.07.2012 at 23:25  
 
Written by MechanisT on 03.07.2012 at 22:25
A very underwhelming experience.

Agreed, unfortunately. I was expecting something more... enveloping. This just felt flat and samey.
D.T. Metal - 26.07.2012 at 20:00  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.04.2012 at 05:39

Written by Nightfall on 19.04.2012 at 23:41
This insipid record still at top.

Fanboys, man. I wonder how much hate someone would get for giving this a negative review...


Oh dear, and I am fixing to write an official review on the album.
Should I change my user-name beforehand? ... nah,...it's not gonna be THAT bad!
Troy Killjoy - 27.07.2012 at 04:34  
 
Written by D.T. Metal on 26.07.2012 at 20:00
Oh dear, and I am fixing to write an official review on the album.
Should I change my user-name beforehand? ... nah,...it's not gonna be THAT bad!

If you don't score it at least an 8.5 you're going to be exposed to some unnecessary flaming on behalf of those who believe every StS release is a masterpiece.

Not to fear though, I survived handing out a 3/10 in a joke review of the latest Burzum album. You'll be fine.
Mr. Doctor - 03.08.2012 at 01:07  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.07.2012 at 04:34
If you don't score it at least an 8.5 you're going to be exposed to some unnecessary flaming on behalf of those who believe every StS release is a masterpiece.


This comment is hilarious because Troy totally called it: The very first comment is from a butthurt fanboy because the review was... 0,3 lower than the tolerance! *GASP*
Erik M. - 06.10.2012 at 15:55  
Rating: 7
Written by Dentura on 23.06.2012 at 09:28

I should have given this album much more attention when it came out, this is absolutely spellbinding, and even better than New Moon (which i also love)!


Better than New Moon? I don't think so.

This album has a few great songs (Emerald Forest and the Blackbird, Cathedral Walls and Labyrinth of London (absolutely the best song on the album)), but a lot of the tracks are a little... underwhelming. Most tracks on New Moon really have a unique feel to them, just like the every track on Hope (which is, in my opinion, their best album). Emerald Forest and the Blackbird has songs like Silent Towers, Of Death and Corruption, and Night Will Forgive Us, which are all songs that didn't have an impact on me at all, even after listening to them 10+ times.

Though all in all, it's still a good album, just no-where near as good as the previous ones.
Dentura - 06.10.2012 at 20:03  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 06.10.2012 at 15:55

Written by Dentura on 23.06.2012 at 09:28

I should have given this album much more attention when it came out, this is absolutely spellbinding, and even better than New Moon (which i also love)!


Better than New Moon? I don't think so.

This album has a few great songs (Emerald Forest and the Blackbird, Cathedral Walls and Labyrinth of London (absolutely the best song on the album)), but a lot of the tracks are a little... underwhelming. Most tracks on New Moon really have a unique feel to them, just like the every track on Hope (which is, in my opinion, their best album). Emerald Forest and the Blackbird has songs like Silent Towers, Of Death and Corruption, and Night Will Forgive Us, which are all songs that didn't have an impact on me at all, even after listening to them 10+ times.

Though all in all, it's still a good album, just no-where near as good as the previous ones.


My views on the album have pretty much changed a little bit since making that post. I think it's solid now.
IronAngel - 21.12.2012 at 12:22  
  I reviewed it too. I haven't received any hate mail on RYM yet, so I guess I'll have to provoke people here!

Quote:
I don't know what happened to this band. Their debut was my first real foray into doom, and I still think it's a pretty solid melodic death doom record. It's not exactly a classic, but tracks like Through Her Silvery Body are well above average. It's a fine balance of crawling heaviness and memorable melodies, with some nice deep growls and a touch of screams and clean vocals for flavor.

But this isn't a review of The Morning Never Came, is it? Nope, it's about this new album that's supposedly their "most mature" work to date. All I hear is mid-paced melodeath with cheesy choruses and no-balls production. Even the neat funeral growls have been mostly replaced with screeches you'd find in melodeath or bad black metal. It's not heavy in the slightest. On April 14th they try some melodramatic My Dying Bride worship, and it might work if the song actually had a good guitar riff or keyboard motif to keep the recitation bearable. You know, something like Sear Me MCMXCIII (and even that song is pretty gay, but what else do you expect from MDB).

The band isn't all bad, even today. It's somewhat unfair to evaluate them as a doom metal act, because they've never really been one. They do have some nice vocal melodies. At least they've had the sense to capitalize on that, with more clean vocals than before (I think - I haven't paid very close attention to their last few records). Labyrinth of London has a really nice chorus, and it's a pretty neat song overall. Even when they have nice melodies though, the instrumentation is just so lightweight and vanilla that it's impossible to care.

If you want your music heavy, slow and sickly sweet with romance, go listen to Shape of Despair or something. If you think Before the Dawn and Insomnium are the greatest thing to happen to metal and you're depressed about your puberty, you might enjoy this album. I don't.


2/5 or 4/10, which I've described as "Unimpressive."
InnerSelf - 21.12.2012 at 15:14  
  I forgot that this even existed !
Marcel Hubregtse - 21.12.2012 at 15:43  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 21.12.2012 at 15:14

I forgot that this even existed !



that in itself is telling as it is

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