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Review: Sojourner - Premonitions

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 56:35
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 27, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Well, Sojourner have finally hit on the groove they were aiming for, and it has taken their sound to another level. Originally this band was very much in the Summoning mold, and they are still obviously very influenced by that great band, but this album sees them stepping out of imitation and forging an identity that's their own.

This is still epic, sweeping Black Metal with a lot of melody, flute interludes, and open, sometimes soothing song structures. The harsh vocals of Emilio Crespo get the job done, but there is a lot more of second singer Chloe Bray on here, and her haunting, ethereal voice really adds another dimension to this. This band has really got down how to play off the two vocal styles and make them work together rather than have them drag each other down. At its best this album is all haunting, Black Metal ballads with addictive melodies and hooks you can sing along to, and that's no small feat. A great album.

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