Swallow the Sun
New Moon


3.5
great

Review

by SlMBOLlC USER (15 Reviews)
October 15th, 2012 | 15 replies | 923 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An uneven, yet worthwhile listen for the sporadic excellence contained.

The atmosphere of this album is inescapable. From the first moment to the last, "New Moon" succeeds in creating a sound of darkness and depression. A fitting description of the feeling of this record can be found in the title of their debut album "The Morning Never Came"; as you feel as if darkness will forever surround New Moon, and the sun will never touch it.

This is first and foremost a doom metal record. “Swallow the Sun”, for better or worse, have again refused to change their musical style since their previous effort (and all records preceding that). The only progression that can be found on "New Moon" comes in the form of constant alternation between soft and heavy, yet it is still all doom. This is not to say that all the tracks on this album are monotonous and overly similar, it is just that some, such as “Sleepless Swans”, do not posses enough substance to justify their long length. Others, however, showcase excellent examples of both atmosphere and instrument working in tandem to excellent effect. One of the best examples of this is “Lights on the Lake”, possibly the strongest song on "New Moon". This track embodies what Swallow the Sun attempt to represent through their music; beauty through depression.

Whilst the atmosphere, as previously mentioned, is one of the most noticeable and well executed aspects of this record; the music that accompanies it does not always match it in terms of quality. Swallow the Sun haven’t done much wrong on "New Moon", however in many of the songs they fail to do enough to lift the songs above a solid, yet unremarkable level . There are exceptions to this statement (...And the Heavens Cried Blood, Lights on the Lake), yet the majority fail to reach significant heights.

There aren’t many negatives about the instrumentation on "New Moon" as they are all executed at a rather high level. Whilst you may think “If the instrumentation is high, and the atmosphere is also excellent, then what is the major drawback of this record?”.
Songwriting.

Even though the songs march forward with a high level of guitar, bass, drum and vocal work (for a doom metal record), some of the songs tend to go stale over five to seven minutes of more or less the same thing. This leads to "New Moon" becoming somewhat of a chore to listen to after a few songs. Had some of the weaker songs been shortened, and perhaps some extra tracks been thrown in, "New Moon" may have been a far better album.

Overall, your enjoyment of this album will mostly come down to the strongest 3 or 4 tracks. The rest, while still decent, feel like cheap versions of the stronger tracks (“filler”, if you will).

Recommended Tracks:
Lights on the Lake
..And the Heavens Cried Blood
These Woods Breathe Evil

The title track is quite solid as well



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SlMBOLlC
October 14th 2012


5181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Couple really good tracks on this bitch

dunksman23
October 14th 2012


215 Comments


You write good reviews dude.
Not as good as your last but still solid. pos
coould've gone a little more in depth with describing the weaker tracks

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2012


19740 Comments


Good second review pos'd

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard this, I actually really liked it. Good review, man. Have a POS.

SlMBOLlC
October 14th 2012


5181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Atari's always got my back



YoYoMancuso
October 14th 2012


11080 Comments


nice review SIMBOLIC, pos'd

SlMBOLlC
October 14th 2012


5181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^cheers bruddah!

GiaNXGX
October 14th 2012


4867 Comments


Good review man, Pos'd. I don't really enjoy Swallow the Sun, they just keep doing the same thing all over - unless you are depressed there is not much to enjoy on their albums. Yes - they add more clean vocals and some symphonic elements - but the "core" is still the same. I would listen to Ghost Brigade, Esoteric, or Empyrium instead :].

SlMBOLlC
October 14th 2012


5181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheers man. fair enogh i get where ur coming from

GiaNXGX
October 14th 2012


4867 Comments


Yeah but they are good. Cheers :]

Vakarian12
October 14th 2012


3831 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. pos'd.

Love this album. Although my favourites are Falling World, New Moon and Servant of Sorrow

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SlMBOLlC
October 15th 2012


5181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Those songs definitely have their moments.
Thanks for teh pos!

Shiduba
October 15th 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent album. It has a couple of weaker tracks but I enjoy even those very much, and These Woods Breathe Evil is just amazing, as are Falling World and Lights on the Lake.


SlMBOLlC
October 15th 2012


5181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeh dude. These woods and lights are phenominal. Falling world is good but most of the others are quite underwhelming compared to these woods, lights and ...And the heavens

SlMBOLlC
October 16th 2012


5181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

another ghost neg WHO KEEPS DOING THIS :'(((



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