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Cardamon - Sun As Never review


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Band: Cardamon
Album: Sun As Never
Release date: November 2011

01. Away From The Light
02. Down Alone
03. Spanning The Distance
04. All You Were Meant To Be
05. Antithesis
06. Masterminds
07. Deaf Or Blind
08. Walk On By
09. Amaze Yourself (Sun As Never)
10. Wide Eyes
11. Divided [bonus]

Dutch metal/rockers Cardamon present their sophomore release, Sun As Never. Although they have a (skilled) female vocalist, don't make any assumptions. They sit on the Dutch musical landscape much closer to alt-rockers Autumn or to The Gathering than they do to any symphonic metal, and would appeal to fans of male-fronted depressive rock bands as much as to the symphonic metal crowd.

I instantly enjoyed this album and am finding even more enjoyment in getting to know it over time. Some songs are more rock than metal, others more metal than rock, and many are laced with a subtly intense guitar, luring the listener in. The finished product is an attractive musical journey through Cardamon's world. Which reminds me: the lyrics are quite poetic as well as thought provoking, putting a personal stamp on the listening experience.

Sun As Never stays nicely within the confines of its established mood and vibe, but don't think for a second that that means this grows stale or is in the slightest bit repetitive. The stability in the atmosphere presents a safe place to live for a while, no matter what your mood. The catchy songs have enough punch to allow you to blissfully enjoy your happiness, yet the melodies have enough depth and tension for you to wallow in if you're feeling sad or contemplative. It's gentle, serene, and most versatile.

But don't take my word for it. Cardamon has released this album for free and you may download it directly from their official website:


Written on 11.01.2012 by Susan appreciates quality metal regardless of sub-genre. Metal Storm Staff since 2006.

Twitter: @HeavyMetalSusan

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12.01.2012 - 23:07
So far I like this release. Not a superb album, that's for sure, but analogies to Autumn and some The Gathering moments are in place, maybe some instrumental parts reminds me of katatonia or Anathema, but those are in minority. Yes, vocals should have more power...
14.01.2012 - 17:30
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I don't know... It sounds more boring to my ears when compared to Autumn and, especially, The Gathering. The music isn't very memorable and the vocals, despite being not bad, lack the charisma that could help to distinguish Cardamon from many other bands playing similar kind of music.
But that's just my personal opinion. If you enjoy their music, good for you.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
14.01.2012 - 18:26
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.01.2012 at 21:09

I don't knwo why people keep mentioning The Gathering here, because musically Cardamon is way more like newer katatonia than anythign The gathering ever did.

Thank you! I don't know why people are hung up on The Gathering here, either. The phrase was that they're "closer" to rock bands like The Gathering than they are to symphonic metal (which I stand by), not that they SOUND like The Gathering (which would be very false).

It's just a sweet little album guys, there's no need for hatin
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs

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