|Review: Solitude Aeturnus - Beyond the Crimson Horizon|
|Beyond the Crimson Horizon|
Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 1992
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: September 8, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Beyond the Crimson Horizon
I've had this album for about 13 years now, and it's never really grabbed me until quite recently. I think the trick is to stop thinking of this as Doom Metal, because this can't touch the immortal Candlemass no matter how many times you spin it. But for good epic Heavy Metal this is pretty good.
The song titles and lyrics are doomy, but really this has more in common with Fates Warning than Sabbath. The songs are mostly long and complex, with a lot of parts and time shifts. "Seeds Of The Desolate" and "Black Castle" open things up in fine style, as both are big, storming metal epics with greats riffs. "The Hourglass" kills too, as does the monster "Plague Of Procreation". But the other songs range from okay - "Beneath The Fading Sun" - to pretty dull, as in "The Final Sin". The production is vintage, not too loud or too slick. and the performances are solid. Robert Lowe has a strong voice, but his top is stronger than his midrange, and he lacks emotion. So despite what some people may say, the vocals here are good, but not great, and they are wholly unworthy to touch even the hem of Messiah Marcolin's robe. The vocal lines are pretty static too, so the riffs are the best part here.
This isn't a lost classic or anything, but it is a good album, and worth a look if you are into 80's-style epic metal like Fates Warning or Sacred Oath. Just skip the Candlemass comparisons, as that'll give you the complete wrong idea.
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