Soliloquium – Contemplations

Rating: 4/5
Released: 2018
Label/Distributor: http://www.transcendingrecords.com/
Buy Album: http://www.transcendingrecords.com/cgi-bin/productDetails.cgi?pid=10419
Band Website: http://deathdoom.com/

Album Track Listing
  1. Chains
  2. Catharsis
  3. Streetlights
  4. Unfulfilling Prophecy
  5. 22
  6. For the Accursed
  7. In Affect
  8. Wanderlust
Band Line Up

Jonas Bergkvist: Bass
Stefan Nordström – Vocals/Guitars

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Review

Soliloquium are an interesting band. Hailing from Stockholm, they bring to the table something quite esoteric and mystical. Their influences sometimes seem a little disparate, but in practice it all meshes together. Sometimes the second album for a band is the most difficult, but this maudlin duo seem to have had no problems.

The opus begins with “Chains”, an unearthly blend of crunching guitars and jarring lead motifs and bowels-of-the-earth vocals. There is a pervading sense of longing throughout, and it is all underpinned with nebulous and supernal elements. Next up is “Catharsis” which takes a different approach; miserable melodies are woven through a convoluted song structure and brought to life by some wonderfully soulful clean vocals.

Moving along, “Unfulfilling Prophecy” meanders yet somehow manages to be hypnotic and intriguing. It is heavy, but with a sense of emotional intensity and fragile beauty. The ethereal and hazy instrumental “22” is followed by “For The Accursed”, its medieval sounding intro instantly beguiling. It retains a somewhat mellow edge for its duration but never fails to hold your attention.

The mystifying “In Affect” lurches from a dream-like feel to bulldozer heaviness. In spite of the feral nature of the vocals, the whole song feels like a plaintive cry for help. Proceedings are closed with “Wanderlust”, a wondrous display of yet more splendid empyreal motifs. It has a gigantic, epic feel to it, with more Deathly guitars in places. A superlative finishing touch to a class album.

In amongst the Doomy riffing abound here is something almost Gothic, akin to Joy Division and early Killing Joke. There is so much complexity here, and it is such a varied album that it requires several listens to fully appreciate it. It is well worth the effort.

Review By Owen Thompson
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