Sorrow Plagues
Sorrow Plagues


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dmax28 USER (21 Reviews)
February 9th, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Therapy for the Soul

Since August 2014 the prolific Sorrow Plagues has released two EPs and two singles. On these releases, waves of sound and droned static mixed with vocal purges of emotion like an opening of the floodgates of one's soul. Semblances of somber contentment and melody peaked through the harsh noise. Now, the one man melodic black metal project has released his first full length album and it's his fullest realization yet.

The first thing past listeners will notice is the new production style. The static is still alive and well, but while the earlier releases were shrouded in it, here the instruments triumphantly stand strong as the driving force for emotion. Sweet symphonic melodies are the lifeblood of the album and are basically the musical focus. Guitars and basses are meant to be noticed only for the atmosphere they create, aside from guitar leads that sound like an innocent child first discovering the world. The vocals are high shrieks that sit back in the mix. They sound vicious, but feel understanding and surprisingly relatable. Soft atmospheric sections give time to reflect. Build ups explode into pourings of emotional fury. Blasting drums make way for post rock gorgeousness and piano pieces. The harmony has both a pleasantness and power. Just don't expect the music to have any intention of conventionally dazzling the listener. The symphonic heartbeat repeats and evolves slowly. The music progresses in sometimes subtle and sometimes dramatic ways, but most of all, it takes its time. This is simply a vessel for the soaking in and letting out of feelings.

With this release Sorrow Plagues makes a case for the list of notable black metal albums of the year. He has made a progression with his unique style, taking his rather homogenous sound and coupling it with more melody, clearer production, more varied songwriting, and more hopeful tones. Frankly, here he demonstrates a level of songwriting I didn't know he was capable of. The evolution of this music mirrors the evolution of one's life. From earlier, bleaker works like An Eternity of Solutide, Drown in Silence, and The Depths of Emptiness to this new album with Aspirations, Awaken, and Redemption, the message and tone reflect this change. Acknowledging the sorrows of the past, but using it to strengthen and empower, accepting the hardship of existence as something we all feel, knowing it is time to push forward, and creating the most beauty you can with your life. Twilight and Aspirations are recommended for those just wanting a taste of the album, but it can't hurt to just jump in. This work contains waves of heart-wrenching feelings. It envelopes the candid act of allowing all of your deepest struggles out of your body, and rising from the emotional ashes with a new sense of empowerment.



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Dmax28
February 9th 2016


458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen here:



https://sorrowplagues.bandcamp.com



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yYM9MfpQ9g

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 9th 2016


29585 Comments


Is this good enough that someone who hardly ever listens to black metal would still appreciate it?

Nice write up by the way.

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Dmax28
February 9th 2016


458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, well if you can get into post rock, slow progression "major scale" orchestral stuff, or really emotional screams I'd give it a shot. It is all about soaking in the feels.

It's also pretty immediate for black metal. The album is just under 40 minutes.

zaruyache
February 9th 2016


20386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it has lots of keys and synths and melodic leads (and strings? I can't tell without headphones) and post-rockiness. So if you dig any post-black/blackgaze junk you might wanna check this.

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Space Jester
February 9th 2016


5780 Comments


Album cover is very pretty

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2016


11662 Comments


Cool review, this seems interesting

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BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2016


49332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not too shabby.

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zaruyache
February 9th 2016


20386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think the guitars should've been turned up or something? Kinda the same problem So Hideous's album had where it focused too much on the synths/strings/keys and let the guitars sort of just fall to the wayside.

Ignimbrite
February 9th 2016


6522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the last track is good

ChoccyPhilly
February 11th 2016


11794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel like So Hideous did this better

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Dmax28
February 11th 2016


458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heaven't even heard that album. I gotta get on that now.



BallsToTheWall
February 11th 2016


49332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agree with Z. This needs more depth as does the latest Violet Cold and So Hideous.

ChoccyPhilly
February 11th 2016


11794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That whiney synth or fake orchestra is so bloody overbearing, it's all I can hear after listening for more than 5 minutes. Pretty much ruins this, sadly

Ignimbrite
February 21st 2016


6522 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's really too bad how this turned out because their EP, An Eternity if Solitude, is pretty fantastic. I feel like they went way too far over to the blackgaze side of their sound for this one.

ChoccyPhilly
February 23rd 2016


11794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

diving into the EP and holy shit, it's so much rawer

Evreaia
November 4th 2016


5071 Comments


recommended by reviewer Ulvesang Ulvesang

boy what. What does symphonic blackgaze have to do with neofolk?

zaruyache
November 4th 2016


20386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no rule against rec'ing irrelevant stuff :3 Also bm is folk.



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