Swallow The Sun - When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light



8.4 | 442 votes |
Release date: 25 January 2019
Style: Melodic death metal, Melodic doom metal

Owners:

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01. When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light
02. The Crimson Crown
03. Firelights
04. Upon The Water
05. Stone Wings
06. Clouds On Your Side
07. Here On The Black Earth
08. Never Left

Top 20 albums of 2019: 9

Line-up
Mikko Kotamäki - vocals
Jaani Peuhu - keyboards, backing vocals
Juho Räihä - guitars, keyboards
Juha Raivio - guitars
Juuso Raatikainen - drums
Matti Honkonen - bass

Guest/session musicians
Irina Rusu - violin
Helena Dumell - viola
Magdalena Valkeus - cello
Teemu Mastovaara - cello
Krista Ruusunen - piano
Clémentine Curie - narration (track 6)

Additional info
Mixed & mastered at Fascination Street Studios
Drums recorded at Fascination Street Studios
Guitars and bass recorded at SoundSpiral Audio

Staff review by
nikarg
Rating:
N/A
Snow has driven in from all directions. Severe cold and fierce winds have numbed the heart. The wolf has swallowed the sun and the pain and the suffering is just too much to bear.

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published 29.01.2019 | Comments (19)

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02.02.2019 - 15:16
fixxxer_ki
Written by Jeeers on 25.01.2019 at 12:13

Very good sound and seems that all the right ingredients are present here, but I think this album is lacking in highlights - some songs to remember (with the exception of the first track). Feels kinda lazy...

"Never Left" could be a highlight
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02.02.2019 - 23:00
Rating: 9
Iamgubbler
It's funny. This is the exact kind of album I was afraid was coming after their some of his more recent albums (EFatB, Disc 1, Disc 2, Hour of the Nightingale). But this really feels like a step forward. It's not perfect but the more prolonged soft portions don't drag like they did on EFatB and Disc 1. Every song seems to have something going for it.
Highlights: 1,2,4,7
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I'm a weed in Hitler's bunker.
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03.02.2019 - 04:28
Rating: 6
dickkafa
Very good album as expected but nothing special.The crimson crown and the openning songs are my favs
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13.02.2019 - 13:18
Rating: 7
metalbrat
Good for few listens and forget. Not a single memorable one but all are good for a relaxed listening.
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14.02.2019 - 20:11
Rating: 7
WorpeX
Good, better than SFTN imo but songs feel very 'samey'. Not a whole lot of variation between the tracks like earlier STS records had. I do really like the ambiance though and the slow pace is super chill and relaxed. Firelights, Upon the Water and Stone Wings are my favorites after a handful of listens. Not really liking the title track though.

Edit: its weird, I tend to enjoy the STS tracks that everyone else here doesn't and I dislike the ones everyone praises! I can't seem to get into the first 2 tracks on this record but the rest of the album I love!
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16.02.2019 - 00:12
Rating: 6
Redel
Wooooow, was this boring!
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01.03.2019 - 08:16
Rating: 9
The Melting Snow
Written by Redel on 16.02.2019 at 00:12

Wooooow, was this boring!


No it's not. Enuff sed.
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08.04.2019 - 20:17
yahkob
Alright I like this album but... am I going crazy or does the first song remind anyone of Kiss from a Rose by Seal?
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20.04.2019 - 20:01
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
The vocals...holy moly...
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rekt
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29.06.2019 - 13:34
Rating: 8
Dum-Grishnahk
More depressive and soft than old albums. Atmosphere drew me into the album. Candidate to doom album of the year.
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28.11.2019 - 00:16
Rating: 8
Zykloncrawaxx
I thought this would be crushingly depressing considering the title and the Hallatar release which came before it, but there's surprisingly a lot of warmth and gentleness mixed in with the gloom and despair. Sometimes everything sounds full and great but other times it sounds like there's something missing, which I suppose could be argued fits the theme. It could also be argued that Raivio has spread himself thin in terms of writing between the last StS triple album, Trees of Eternity, and Hallatar, but I think he made another solid album which stands out in enough of it's own ways to make it enjoyable. He's definitely channeling everything he has into music and he's still succeeding. Also, most of the vocal work here is really well done.
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02.02.2020 - 10:10
Rating: 6
tintinb
Felt really disappointed with the album, their previous album songs of the north i,ii and iii was still palatable. This one sounded really average. Only the title track felt like a properly constructed song. Rest of them didn't really generate much emotions.
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