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Suffering Souls - In Synergy Obscene (2019) - Review

Band: Suffering Souls
Album title: In Synergy Obscene
Release date: 25 January 2019
Label: Schwarzdorn Production

Tracklist:
01. Idolised And Vilified
02. In Synergy Obscene
03. Inheritance Of Irony
04. In Death Reborn
05. As The Truth Unfolds
06. The True Endless
07. The Cynic God
08. All You Little Devils
09. Unseen Phenomenon

After a full decade away from the studio, Suffering Souls main man Tobias "Lord Esgaroth" Micko finally offers up a new album and the time away has not hurt one bit.

The vocals are ripped straight from the Dani Filth playbook of false chord shrieking. Combined with the symphonic playing and emotion, an unknowing metalhead could easily believe this was some old Cradle Of Filth record they overlooked. Meanwhile, the lyrics are precisely what you'd expect from a band of the genre. Topics mainly focus on flirting with gothic culture, death and the complete dismissal of all things theological (with the exemption of the dark lord himself of course).

The first of the two most stand out cuts has to be "Inheritance Of Irony". With seemingly never ending, gorging guitar work, you're left wishing the fade would never come so you could keep drowning in the excess of the moment. On the other end, there's the album closer "Unseen Phenomenon". If this track doesn't become a single, someone made a big uh-oh and deserves a slap on the wrist. This is one of those songs with so much gratuitous energy and melody that it immediately sticks with you. Making it the perfect farewell to this prodigal album.

I find it more than a little difficult to thoroughly enjoy most modern black metal releases. Anyone who follows Black Metal Promotions on YouTube knows that the market is oversaturated with half assed clones of Darkthrone, Marduk and the like. Thankfully, Suffering Souls is not one of these clones. Instead standing more in line with the stronger works of Dimmu Borgir than the likes of Impaled Nazarene, which is absolutely a positive in the current landscape.

Though not the most groundbreaking in terms of theme or sound, there's hardly anything here that could be called bad. All songs range from solid at worst to killer at best. Anyone reading this review while blasting their favorite Satyricon record knows what I mean. Perhaps In Synergy Obscene doesn't redefine the genre, but it doesn't need to. It's one of the most well rounded efforts of black metal - not just symphonic, ALL Black Metal - that I've heard in the last couple years.

Review written by: Will Ring
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Draconian
Album title: Sovran
Release date: 30 October 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Sovran is a proof that the combination of gothic metal and doom metal works out perfectly if you have top notch musicians performing and composing it. While the pace of the album is a bit slower and not so direct like on some of their previous albums, the whole gloomy atmosphere is outstanding, songs are catchy, flowing, dramatic and absolutely racked by melancholy. Most of the melodies are stunningly captivating, guitar sound is gentle and heavy at the same time, often we hear those typical slowly gliding evocative trademark Draconian lines and riffs which brings tears in the eye, the rhythmic line is crushing, just right to give that necessary dose of turbulent doom metal and slight aggression into these compositions. The multidimensional ambiance gets often fulfilled with obscure gothy symphonic synths which give to the songs such an unimaginable depth and rich sound. All of the songs on Sovran are nicely building up in atmosphere, there are so many layers and the one who would like to take everything this album offers should be concetrated on the music as much as possible, possibly setting up a perfect mood. Sovran is magical, soothing, melancholic and dreamy adventure, yet it is ponderous, powerful and heavy by partly remaining loyal to the formula from their debut album, Where Lovers Mourn (2003), where the band made a deviation from their early death/black metal days into a dark and doomy metal style which convinced fans of bands like My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and early Anathema.

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