Review Summary: Ignore Trey's rating, album is actually a 4. Where his 3 came from I don't know. But this is solid. Even Crysis and Wizard would prolly like. But at the very least even a 3 is good. No?
So here we have some really solid metal/post-rock but in all honesty this album gears more towards doom-metal than anything else, with melodic overtones. There are no vocals here either so the band has to focus on song-writing as their one source to connect.
When you listen to anytype of doom-metal, naturally many can be skeptical of it sounding the same as anyone else and I actually thought this when i starting with track 1 "First Watch" which is pretty casual and typical doom/post-rock. But!! When track 2 starts "Enchantress" there some really nice melodies that fit perfectly with the drums and give a bit of push to the albums.
Many of the songs here do your typical building up and falling down acts with overlayed tremolos but these guys add some bends from time to time which add more emotion than just coming in with riff. And that what guitars are all about, just because you're playing doom doesn't mean you can't get expressive from to time.
I must reiterate that's is pretty funny how certain tracks feel average but as you move throught the album it grows a bit and after several listens it's very enjoyable and anyone who knows anything about music can definitely agree this music that is put together in a very professional way. At certain times you'll here Insomnium and Paraxism, and other times you'll here Jakob and Grief. Just listen to it and enjoy some decent music from this year. Best of all it's legally free so watch for the link.