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Review: Yellow Eyes - Sick with Bloom
Yellow Eyes
Sick with Bloom

Label: Gilead Media
Year released: 2015
Duration: 42:17
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 1, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Sick with Bloom

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (8 Votes)

It's kind of amazing how much a band can evolve in a relatively short amount of time. In only three years, Yellow Eyes took the disjointed tremolo trillings of their debut and refined it into something far more nuanced and individual, with each release after it exploring and expanding upon another aspect of their sound. Where Hammer of Night was more aggressive and direct, their third album, Sick with Bloom, saw them expanding on their atmosphere and using it to add more density to their sound. They've always had a kick of Cascadian to their sound, and I think it's the most pronounced on this release with its drawn-out arrangements and sweeping guitar work, all of which contain a deceptive amount of light and shade that really adds a lot of depth to the compositions. This isn't as gratifying as Hammer of Night, and it lacks the inventiveness found on Rare Field Ceiling, but this is the album where the band was really starting to find their own unique voice, and that alone makes it an important part of their history, along with being a worthy addition to any Black Metal fan's collection.

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