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Old Season : Old Season

Hailing from Ireland, Old Season is a metal band that has lots of experience. Thay have been active for a long time under the name of Karnayna. When they finally managed to have a stable line-up since 2001, they changed their name to Old Season (originally the name of one of their very first compositions).

Frank Brennan (also guitarist/vocalist with Masters of Doom and Mourning Beloveth) features in the current Old Season line-up and his characteristic and melodic way of singing is one of the stronger elements in this band’s music. Old Season play a special type of metal, a mixture of classic heavy metal with melancholic atmospheres and doomy parts. The music has melancholic and emotional elements that were influenced by bands such as Tiamat and Amorphis while still being strong and heavy and carrying the flame of classic metal bands such as Thin Lizzy or Iron Maiden. There are parts in the band’s songs where the tempo gets really slow and the music is strengthened with melancholic keyboards. Keyboards, in my opinion, are one of the best elements in the final musical result of Old Season. However, the listener will encounter groovier parts in the faster tempos when the guitars are getting wild.

I should mention something about the vocals as well. As I have already pointed out, the vocals of Frank Brenman are so characteristic, melodic and to the point that anyone into Old Season's music will love them from the first listening. Frank has the ability to translate his own mournful stories into a special way of singing. The vocal melodies that Frank sings fit very well with the whole musical background. Well, in a few words here we have something really interesting. The listener will enjoy Old Season when they dive into melancholic lakes of music or even when they decide to be faster or groovier -reminding me in some specific parts another Irish band, Primordial. They have the ability to mix all their influences into a unique final music result. From Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden, to Tiamat, Amorphis and Primordial. The sure thing is that their music is melancholic and very melodic. Please note that this EP is used for promotional reasons and that their full length will be released soon.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. And Sands She Turned for Time
2. Mortals of Mettle
3. The Claw
4. A Divine Plague
5. The Sky Burns

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes

Visit the Old Season bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chris Papadakis
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