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Sorrowful Land - Where The Sullen Waters Flow [EP] (2017) - Review

Band: Sorrowful Land
Album title: Where The Sullen Waters Flow [EP]
Release date: 15 December 2017
Label: Solitude Productions

Tracklist:
01. As I Behold Them Once Again
02. Where The Sullen Waters Flow
03. The Night Is Darkening Around Me

Ukraine's atmospheric doom/death one-man band Sorrowful Land is back with a new EP entitled Where The Sullen Waters Flow and if you ask me I'd take this any day over the new so very hipped Bell Witch album. Sorrowful Land initiated the ears of the listeners with the in 2016 released debut album Of Ruins..., a strong melodic and very melancholic solid death/doom record that is sure to please just about any doom fan. Now one year later they return with a strong effort, maybe even stronger than was their debut album, a three track EP featuring some fascinating heavy, slow, utterly melancholic and dramatic piece of music.

With epic melodies and slow chord progression Ukraininan musican Max Molodtsov manges to take the listener away into the vast atmosphere of their music, it's like an everlasting journey into the depths of abyss. Much alike to the debut album the song structures remain fairly untouched which can be a good and a bad thing for some bands, but in this case its signature sounds almost perfect and it works out great. With great slowly waveing captivating melodies, great atmospheric synths, powerful rhythms when necessary and dynamic vocals, that range from deep brutal ones to clean and dramatic spoken ones, Sorrowful Land delivers one stunning piece of doleful but sweet darkness. On the emotional level is something similar in mood to what we were used to hear from My Dying Bride.

With a running time of around 30 minutes you don't need to listen too long to understand why this EP is gonna be a doom hit in last weeks of 2017. The songs are lengthy but not boring at all, between 9-10 minutes and it dosen't matter when the music created is done so well. Much like the latest Evadne album Sorrowful Land stands right there on top of their game with bands like Saturnus, Doom:VS, When Nothing Remains, Vanha,... but still bringing their own game to the fields.

Both 2016 and 2017 have been filled with amazing doom/death records and it makes sense in a way that this dark beauty was released now, as the darker time of the year is here! If you are into the more atmospheric doom or death metal then this band is really up your alley, and it deserves every listen you give it cause it's a strong EP as it can be. It might sound cheesy to praise it this high but from a personal perspective it's just a brilliant release that should really be taken into account when looking for good music in 2017.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Alphaxone
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Release date: 25 August 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

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