|Review: Dream Unending - Song of Salvation|
|Song of Salvation|
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Year released: 2022
Review online: October 29, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Song of Salvation
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
There are Doom/Death bands who basically play Death Metal but slower, and then there are bands like this that play beautiful, nuanced melodic Doom only with harsh growls. I tend to like the second kind a lot better. I was interested in this just from the cover art, but I found the music on offer was more than good enough to be worth my time.
There's nothing revolutionary about this, as it is pretty solidly in the vein of classic Doom/Death bands like My Dying Bride, Anathema, or even Paradise Lost. The sound is big and crushing, the riffs are highly melodic and sometimes really lovely, and the mood is the kind of oppressive weight you expect from this kind of thing. This does get a little too mellow at times for me, even using some horn sounds (?) for an almost slow jazz sound, which sounds awful on the page but kind of works in the moment, and then it gets back to crushing and everything is cool. The musicianship is actually really good here, and this is obviously a band with talent to burn. This is a good album, but I feel like these guys could make a great one.
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