Long Winters’ Stare
The Tears of Odin’s Fallen
Long Winters’ Stare treasure that sluggish and depressive plane of Metal in a somewhat effective way, as The Tears of Odin’s Fallen is generally glum, dreary and drab all through the seven titles that embrace it.
Comparatively to all the widely held Doom Metal combos, these American lads propose us a combination of vocal grunts with pleasant female lines (courtesy of Deirdre Faith) and occasional clean singing, bringing out an infrequent harmony which, intrinsically, crafts the actual beguiling decoy of this release. The keyboard lines have to be referred with considerable weight, as they’re reasonably overdone and lift up the entire mood to altitudes of bittersweet melancholy on top of the proficiently programmed drumming lines, as they work very well for the slightly time-consuming pieces while they rivet nearly everything each time the band tries to affix more muscle to their sonority.
Quite frankly, I have to say that I expected a little more from this gang, as it was fairly revered in other mediums with their preceding Before the Dawn, So Go the Shadows of Humanity endeavour, even if this testimony is evidently unyielding in its main quarters. On the other hand, I believe they have to pull off more unswerving compositions next time or else they won’t go much further than this.
After a while, this will be an album that will cause mixed reactions in most listeners, mainly because this field is oversaturated, and applying an expression as “Symphonic Dark Metal” won’t help much either, as the presence of this act is a bit broader than said term.