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Review: Solitude Aeturnus - Alone
Solitude Aeturnus

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 70:26
Tracks: 11
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: January 3, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating

Rated 4.26/5 (85.22%) (23 Votes)

Alone is the last album by Solitude Aeturnus before Rob Lowe joined Candlemass and it is a good one. Eight years after they made Adagio they released this hidden jewel and for a Doom Metal album it is very good. However you won't think that if you listen the album just one time. This work requires time to fully appreciate it. Once you have devoted sufficient time to it, Alone will blow you away because of its songwriting, atmosphere, riffs and vocals.

As expected this is a slow album, but most of it is mid tempo and catchy (by doom standards) "Waiting for the Light" being a prime example. Extremely good guitar work marked by great, subtle solos like in "Blessed be the Dead" and "Is There" and when they kick BAM, you are headbanging. This happens on all the songs, those solos break the slow momentum of the song and make you pay attention. The vocals are also worth noting, while Robert Lowe is not the best Doom Metal vocalist out there (Messiah Marcolin), he evokes power and conviction in what he is singing. But really Alone is performed by very skilled musicians and that only heightens the listening experience with their playing. The production helps in this department tremendously; it is just perfect and you can clearly hear every member performing at the maximum of their abilities.

Lyrically this is what you expect from a Doom Metal band; doom, death, mourning, loss, etc. This doesn't change from previous albums and not expected to change anytime soon.

One negative thing about this album is the length of the songs. Although the songs are long I don't have the feeling of epicness attached to them. They are good; they just feel a little bit long and repetitive, but not by much. There is little variety to speak of except when the leads kick in. I have the digipack version which has the song "Embrace" which should have been included; this track is just that good. Why it wasn't in the album is just beyond me. Bottom line: this album is not perfect, but it is worth having just as the rest of their discography.

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