This Finnish quartet really soaks up the feeling and mood of the early 90s, those great doom-death bands that revolutionized the metal scene at the time. Listening to "Across The Dark" brings back that wonderful melancholy, the sense of doom and dread that is punctuated by twin guitar harmony and excellent heavy swoops of distortion and deep guttural vocals. The band sounds like a cross between Amorphis' wind-swept "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" and the spoken word clean passages of Dark Tranquillity (post "Mind's I"). The band never commits fully to progressive movement but the album as a whole has so many different musical elements one would consider the album to be very intricate. It isn't as open-ended or free-flowing as Opeth but not as standard as Poisonblack. Fans of Paradise Lost, Dark At Dawn, I Killed The Prom Queen and anything doom death from the 90s should love this.
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