CD REVIEW Swallow The Sun

Band: Swallow The Sun
Album title: Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
Label: Spinefarm
Distributor: V2 Records
Release date: 06/02/2012
Release: CD

Swallow the Sun was formed somewhere in the beginning of 2000 by Juha Raivio, who was later on joined by Pasi Pasanen (both had played in Plutonium Orange). They rehearsed a couple of songs, one of them being "Through Her Silvery Body" which would end up on their first demo: Out of This Gloomy Light. In 2001 Markus Jämsen, whom Raivio and Pasanen already knew from their earlier bands, joined as a second guitarist, and Mikko Kotamäki from Funeris Nocturnum as singer; then Aleksi Munter (keyboards) and Matti Honkonen (bass), also of Funeris Nocturnum, joined the band.
 In the spring of 2002 they started arranging songs for the demo, which was recorded in January 2003 at Sam's Workshop with Sami Kokko, who also mixed the demo.
A lot of years have passed and a lot has happened during then, and now 2012 brings forth a new record from the band. It’s called “Emerald Forest And The Blackbird” and lasts just over 1 hour. The best thing about this record is that it can’t be placed under one certain genre. Not that strange these days, but these guys took it one step further. And have progressive, melodic, death and pieces from various other genres. And it works, the guys have perfected their sound and have their own style of music witch ties the record to 1 big whole. This really is a beautiful album, I really cant find 1 thing that bothers me.

92/100

Jeroen.