|Review: Somnus - Awakening The Crown|
|Awakening The Crown|
Label: Root Of All Evil Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 19, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Awakening The Crown
Somnus is a Black Metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, and I must say it is a relief to see that some good metal can still come out of the United States. Dark, somewhat atmospheric, Awakening the Crown is an album that you experience rather than just listen to. Using keyboards intelligently - that is you can hear them but they are not overused like some bands tend to do - and with occasional female vocals (the keyboardist is female) either in duo with the main vocalist or occasionally signing or speaking a passage, Somnus' sound is quite different from what I've heard so far. The lead vocalist varies his vocals enough to keep things interesting, if not surprising at times. The sound is a little orchestral at times, and I find the song arrangements are very well done - not one song is bad, in fact I'm having a hard time picking a favorite. The album also includes two instrumental songs. The lyrics are very well written, and, frankly, the only negative point I can make is that the songs are not listed in the correct order in the booklet... Not exactly a big problem!
This band has nothing to envy to Scandinavian Blackl Metal bands, and those who ditch U.S. Black Metal better take a second look at this one, they just don't know what they're missing. A very impressive debut album. Now if their album was easier to find... I got mine from eBay, but Blackmetal.com now carries it. Highly recommended.
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