The terms progressive and doom are both applied when describing this long-running Swedish band's sound, though the doom elements generally come only in the form of slow, thudding grooves, not any preoccupation with death and Armageddon. And while their early material sometimes had a Christian overtone to the lyrics, there are no obvious religious leanings on Light, though songs often do seem concerned with the sort of personal struggles sometimes addressed in Christian metal. Songs are fairly complex and often lengthy (Opener "In Memoriam" clocks at 11:54!) and everything is meticulously recorded and played (Excellent vocals from Fredrik Sjöholm, whose voice bears a more than slight resemblance to vintage Geoff Tate). However, only portions of the album--"Farewell" and "Hope" being good examples--are truly memorable with too many songs moving at approximately the same slow-to-medium pace. Basically, it's long on craft, but kind of short on hooks or parts that really jump out and grab one's attention. I give Veni Domine full respect for their musical craftsmanship, but frankly, don't see myself playing this one much in the future. Note: The album ends with a re-recording of "Oh Great City" (slower than the original version), the original version of which can be found on 1992's Fall Babylon Fall album.
About this Writer: Vinaya Saksena // Vinaya is either a writer who dabbles in guitar playing, or a guitar player who dabbles in writing. A Maximum Metal staffer since 2004, he has also served as a reporter for several newspapers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Although his obsession with music is such that it does not allow time for much else by way of hobbies, he also enjoys traveling, trivia, photography, British comedy and the occasional A-Team re-run.
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