Cardamon - Sun As Never review
|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
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: www.cardamon.nl
Written on 11.01.2012 by
Susan appreciates quality metal regardless of sub-genre. Metal Storm Staff since 2006.
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