•  Posted in: Kogaionon ReviewsRating: 0.93/1
  • Album: Nordlys
  • Year: 2008
  • Label: NAPALM
  • Artist: 
  • Norway

If I've only said modest words regarding this band's debut, the situation is distinct in what concerns the second album, as I have to share some superlatives. Do not ask why because it isn't clear to me either. The sound is oriented less towards Folk and more towards Gothic Metal, filled with symphonic elements too, with an angelic female voice (Liv Espenaes/Krull's sister) and some guitarists whose stylistic sobriety is enhanced by the oppressive riffs (members of the Doom Metal project AHAB). There is a crossing of early THEATRE OF TRAGEDY (Gothic version), along some debuting AMORPHIS influences (Folk version), also scenting of current modernism (symphonic version), yet the guitars bring early TRISTANIA to my mind. Maybe the execution is not excellent (even if the quality of the recording and mixing is perfect), perhaps it isn't in fact as fine as I sense it, but there is no question about it, I've enjoyed it a lot! The only great disadvantage consists in the lack of originality, but the way they've chosen the path of influences is one of quality, as the bands mentioned above had their own time of glory before turning into commercial prostitutes. www.midnattsol.com