In The Woods… – Cease The Day

Rating: 5/5
Distributor/label: Debemur Morti Productions
Released: November 2018
Buy Album: https://inthewoods-no.bandcamp.com/album/cease-the-day
Band Websites: https://www.facebook.com/inthewoodsomnio/
https://www.instagram.com/debemurmorti/

Band line-up:

Anders Kobro – Drums
James Fogarty – Guitar melodies & lead, bass guitar, keys & vocals
Bernt Sørensen – Rhythm Guitars & melodies
Kåre Sletteberg – acoustic guitars & lead guitar on track 2

 

Tracklisting:

1. Empty Streets
2. Substance Vortex
3. Respect My Solitude
4. Cloud Seeder
5. Still Yearning
6. Strike Up With The Dawn
7. Transcending Yesterdays
8. Cease The Day

Review

This album starts quite slowly, particularly slow for a death metal album. This, however, isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as the song is beautifully haunting. The vocals seem to melodically echo throughout the song that lasts a whopping 9 minutes 18 seconds. It takes a while before it gets to the more death metal elements such as the heavy riffs and screaming and that slowly dissipates to the slow melodic rock again.

The album itself does have death metal elements for sure but I would say it’s not really the main genre into which it fits. In fact, it’s almost a genre entirely of its own. With the melodic metal, death metal, acoustic rock, progressive metal, doom metal and psychedelic rock it’s a whole cluster of genres forming to make a new one right before you. It creates this storytelling ambience which fully entices you and keeps you gripped throughout the album.

With all but 1 song never under 6 and a half minutes, I’m in complete awe of just how amazing this album is as well as how long each tune is without ever getting boring. Now, this isn’t an album that I actively go and seek out, as ordinarily it is not what I would listen to, but I think I’m going to have to completely rewire myself to try and find more bands like this as I think I may have found myself in love with a new genre altogether.

This is an album that everyone should take the time to listen to. It’s just as heavy as it is slow and melodic at times and takes you on quite the journey and it comes with my highest recommendation.

Review by

Courtney Solloway

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