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

8.4 | 413 votes |
Release date: 25 January 2019
Style: Melodic death metal, Melodic doom metal


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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: 5

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
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.

published 29.01.2019 | Comments (14)

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02.02.2019 - 15:16
Rating: 9
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
02.02.2019 - 23:00
Rating: 9
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
I'm a weed in Hitler's bunker.
03.02.2019 - 04:28
Rating: 6
Very good album as expected but nothing special.The crimson crown and the openning songs are my favs
13.02.2019 - 13:18
Rating: 7
Good for few listens and forget. Not a single memorable one but all are good for a relaxed listening.
14.02.2019 - 20:11
Rating: 7
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!
16.02.2019 - 00:12
Rating: 6
Wooooow, was this boring!
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.
08.04.2019 - 20:17
Alright I like this album but... am I going crazy or does the first song remind anyone of Kiss from a Rose by Seal?
20.04.2019 - 20:01
Rating: 9
Au Pays Natal
The vocals...holy moly...
29.06.2019 - 13:34
Rating: 8
More depressive and soft than old albums. Atmosphere drew me into the album. Candidate to doom album of the year.

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