Swallow The Sun - Songs From The North I, II & III



8.6 | 418 votes |
Release date: 13 November 2015
Style: Melodic death metal, Melodic doom metal

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Disc I [Songs From The North I - Gloom]
01. With You Came The Whole Of The World's Tears
02. 10 Silver Bullets
03. Rooms And Shadows
04. Heartstrings Shattering
05. Silhouettes
06. The Memory Of Light
07. Lost & Catatonic
08. From Happiness To Dust

Disc II [Songs From The North II - Beauty]
01. The Womb Of Winter
02. The Heart Of A Cold White Land
03. Away
04. Pray For The Winds To Come
05. Songs From The North
06. 66°50´N,28°40´E
07. Autumn Fire
08. Before The Summer Dies

Disc III [Songs From The North III - Despair]
01. The Gathering Of Black Moths
02. 7 Hours Late
03. Empires Of Loneliness
04. Abandoned By The Light
05. The Clouds Prepare For Battle

The Biggest Surprise Of 2015
Top 20 albums of 2015: 4

Line-up
Mikko Kotamäki - vocals
Aleksi Munter - keyboards
Juha Raivio - guitar
Markus Jämsen - guitar
Juuso Raatikainen - drums
Matti Honkonen - bass

Guest musicians
Sarah Elisabeth Wohlfahrt - vocals
Kaisa Vala - vocals
Nathan Ellis - spoken word
Jaani Peuhu - backing vocals
Aleah Stanbridge - backing vocals

Additional info
Songs From The North I, II, and III are death doom metal, acoustic folk, and funeral doom metal respectively.

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03.12.2015 - 09:03
Rating: 10
FYA
Destroyer
When band says that they will release new - triple album, you know one thing. They're brave and confident enough, or stupid. In that case - it's this first.

First disc isn't very "amazing". It's some good played doom metal. I would even say that it's a bit generic. But it's kinda "light".
Second disc - magical experience. Folk vibes and this "cold" atmosphere is amazing. Melodic, calm. Great music to drink a chocolate at winter night.
Third disc - the best disc. Heavy and depressing as fuck. Growls sounds so fucking masive, guitars too. Drums are crushing walls and keyboard makes a good background. And damn - this riff in "Empires of loneliness" or gregorian chant in another track. Just wow.
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17.12.2015 - 04:24
Rating: 9
Zykloncrawaxx
You DEFINITELY have to be in the mood for this or you probably won't get into it like I couldn't for several weeks. When you are in that mood, you can actually start to distinguish what each song has going for it without if just sounding boring. Overall it's quite a satisfying journey and each disc is a little more interesting than the last.

I only really have two issues. Mikko's growl and scream vocals are kind of shit a third of the time even though his clean singing is much better. I also think this band would benefit greatly from ditching the whole verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus song structure more often. They could make things a lot more interesting if they had a chorus near the beginning and another at the end with a bunch of non-repeated sections in between.
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23.12.2015 - 21:19
Rating: 8
musclassia
A really ambitious effort, and one that pays off for the most part.

Disc 1: I've heard (and generally liked) their previous albums, but am only really familiar with The Morning Never Came, so I don't quite know how it compares to recent efforts, but it feels broadly similar to what I remember, albeit perhaps with more prominent clean vocals. Not anything stunning, but pretty competent and fairly enjoyable throughout.
Disc 2: An all-acoustic, soft effort, that is for the most part suitably picturesque and atmospheric. Occasionally the sheer mopey feel of it can make it slightly underwhelming but broadly a good disc as well.
Disc 3: I'm very much a funeral doom outsider, but this was a solid listen too. The growls felt a lot stronger here than on disc 1, and, probably because it keeps the tempo up higher than the few previous FDM albums I'd encountered, there's enough bite and menace to this to keep it engaging. It has just enough pace to work for me, and the use of guitar leads and percussion alongside the heavy riffs straddles the line between menacing and longing well.

Pretty much every disc hovers around between a 7(.5)-8 throughout, and to maintain that consistency across three long and stylistically different albums is an impressive effort by the band.
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07.02.2016 - 23:28
Rating: 9
Himedal
There is a deep grief in these songs from the north...
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What goes by is life to be taken
The doom calls upon the forsaken
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03.03.2016 - 05:01
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Disk 3 is fucking great. I love Empires Of Loneliness. I'll need to gather some will power to listen to the other two since I don't like their mellow side much, but I'll try.
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03.03.2016 - 21:40
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Unhealer on 03.03.2016 at 05:01

Disk 3 is fucking great. I love Empires Of Loneliness. I'll need to gather some will power to listen to the other two since I don't like their mellow side much, but I'll try.

If you didn't like their mellow side before, you'll hate it now. Just stick with disc 3
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28.03.2016 - 20:26
Rating: 9
Himedal
Written by Unhealer on 03.03.2016 at 05:01

Disk 3 is fucking great. I love Empires Of Loneliness. I'll need to gather some will power to listen to the other two since I don't like their mellow side much, but I'll try.


Man I think exactly the same. Disk 3 and especially this song is absolutely one of the best ever.
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What goes by is life to be taken
The doom calls upon the forsaken
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02.01.2018 - 17:21
Rating: 6
WorpeX
These were not the comments I was expecting after i've listened to this album for a few days!

Disk 1 is by far my favorite, i'm really loving it. I personally love the combination of the light and dark parts of the band. They entwine them together so well in the first album and it feels so well polished and well done. Rooms and Shadows and Heartstrings Shattering are both big highlights for me.

Disk 2 is awful. I can barely get through it. The vocals are weak and the lyrics can be cringe at times.

Disk 3 is good, but I struggle to get through it as well. I just get bored. There are some solid tracks though like Empires of Loneliness.

Swallow the Sun to me is the combination of Disk 2 and Disk 3. Removing one of those parts and making a whole album without it just isn't Swallow The Sun anymore. Might as well listen to another band that does those exclusive Doom or Gloom parts better. Swallow the Sun is incredible at mixing both elements together like they do in Disk 1 but apart... ehhh.

Just my opinion though.
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30.04.2019 - 19:16
Rating: 8
Paulh
Disc 1 - 9/10
Disc 2 - 8/10
Disc 3 - 8/10

Overall: 8.5 leaning towards an 8.
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31.01.2020 - 23:24
Rating: 7
Dark Horizons
First cd is 7 for me, second cd 9, third cd 5... average grade: 7
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We are just a moment in time
A blink of an eye
A dream for the blind
Visions from a dying brain
I hope you don't understand
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