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Review: Infirmum - The Great Unknown
The Great Unknown

Label: Independent
Year released: 2022
Duration: 21:06
Tracks: 3
Genre: Gothic Metal


Review online: March 2, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

I was blown away by Infirmum’s debut back in 2020, which served as an introduction to mastermind Tomo Solonen’s knack for creating the kind of strikingly heavy doom peddled by Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride back in the ‘90s, so I was more than happy to get my hands on this EP over two years later. Considering their influences, it’s not surprising that The Great Unknown sees the project moving more into the realms of Gothic Metal while still retaining their inherent heaviness. This is most notably achieved through the addition of Anna Rose as a second vocalist, whose fragile, siren-like delivery took a little getting used to, but ends up serving as a solid contrast with Eliel’s harsh vocals. More importantly, the songwriting itself has become more nuanced and textured than before, and the depth of the compositions is only matched by their melancholy and sorrow. Highlights include the title track, with its excellent Beauty and the Beast vocal turn that’s underlined with some blackened snarls, and the desolate highlight "Fearless Part II," whose suffocating, almost apocalyptic atmosphere always gets under my skin, and will likely get under yours as well. The brevity of this release makes it more or less a teaser, but if this is anything to go off of, then Infirmum’s best is yet to come.

More about Infirmum...
Review: Walls of Sorrow (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Timo Solonen on February 7, 2020 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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