This week, we’re going to tackle two melodic death metal bands that aren’t Children of Bodom, though one of them are from Finland. Germany’s Sulphur Aeon have released their debut Swallowed By The Ocean’s Tide and Finland’s Kalmah have assembled their seventh album aptly title Seventh Swamphony. Oceans, swamps — these guys have more in common than just melody.
Sulphur Aeon, Swallowed By The Ocean’s Tide
Sulphur Aeon lean heavily on the death metal side of things and inject melodic elements here and there rather than plastering the album with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith worship. The band obviously draws influence from metal’s favorite writer, H.P. Lovecraft and there’s nothing wrong with that! These Germans weave some of the famed writer’s dark horror/fantasy into their lyrics and provide their own sort of soundtrack to the terror.
One comparison that can be drawn here is that the band sounds a bit like pre-obnoxious-as-shit orchestrated Fleshgod Apocalypse. “Inexorable Spirits” begins with a military drum march before blasting away into an incredibly memorable verse. “The Devil’s Gorge” and “Those Who Dwell In Stellar Void” are among the other highlights of Swallowed By The Ocean’s Tide. My only gripe with this album is the redlined production. It’ll take some EQ tweaking, but you can make this album sound decent enough.
Kalmah, Seventh Swamphony
Fans of melodic death metal are no strangers to Kalmah and their blend of symphonic elements and twin guitar leads. Seventh Swamphony is exactly what we expect from these guys and it does not disappoint.
The title track has a danceable chorus and kicks off the heavy metal party in style. “Pikemaster” is sure to become a new fan favorite as is the epic “Hollo” that follows it.
The pace of the album is brilliant and actually lends itself to the LP format very well. I’m assuming that “Hollo” would close out Side A and the infectious melody of “Windlake Tale” would open Side B. Seventh Swamphony is a well-crafted album with brilliant melodies and other standout tracks like “Black Marten’s Trace” and the galloping “The Trapper.” This is a no-brainer for melodeath fans.
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