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Review: Leif Edling - Songs Of Torment, Songs Of Joy
Leif Edling
Songs Of Torment, Songs Of Joy

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 43:25
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: May 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Songs Of Torment, Songs Of Joy

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

This is the debut solo album from longtime Candlemass mastermind Leif Edling. Now, some people consider the last few Candlemass albums before the official reunion to be little more than Leif Edling solo projects, but that's neither here nor there. I was not sure what to expect, as I am no more than a marginal fan of projects like Abstrakt Algebra and Krux.

Not surprisingly, this is Doom with solid riffing similar to Candlemass' more recent works. Leif plays some of the guitars himself here, and the riffs are heavy and doomy, though I have to say none of them really grab me. Edling also handles the vocals, which are not growly nor really ‘singing', but kind of an emotive mutter – tuneful yet not actually melodic, if you understand what I mean. Sometimes they do get annoying, as they seem a bit self-indulgent, but for a lot of the album they are rather sparse, and aren't mixed too loud.

I don't know. I don't dislike this album, but it doesn't grab me much at all. While it's on it sounds good, but after many spins I still can't remember one thing from it. Releasing this so close to the new Candlemass was probably a mistake, as that album is very similar in riff-style and mood, but much better than this one. If you liked Krux a lot, then you might like this more than I do.

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