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The Sun of Weakness : Trompe L'Oeil

From Italy comes five men who play gothic metal, but of what concern is that to us? It wouldn't have been if The Sun of Weakness wasn't also a sun of "doomyness". They lie quite a bit away from the border, but with all the similarities to Canaan and the emotional rock era of Anathema - not to mention the occasional section of doom riffage - I'd still claim that this band might have something to offer of relevance to the melancholic doomster.

The title 'Trompe L'Oeil' is French and means 'trick of the eye'. According to Wikipedia it's "an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three-dimensions", which is often used in church roofs. I've yet to figure out what all of this means for the music, but the high quality recording and the clearness of the music does give it a three dimensional sound. To have a surround stereo really pays off with this band.

However, I feel a much better description of the band would be to start with the gothic foundation, which is nearly an illusion. The music have such strong similarities to emotional rock on one end (see the references I noted earlier) and the progressive metallers in The Devin Townsend Band on the other. Thus while depressive, the en product is relaxed and soft, yet majestic and intense. All of it is topped with Alessandro Cammilletti's vocals, who sound like an almost perfect copy of Devin Townsend himself. The exception comes in the form of a slight Italian accent. From an otherwise excellent album my only complaint is that he's also slightly too nasal when singing in English.

I consider myself a person who enjoys extreme and mainstream bands alike. I will not hide that this is a mainstream band, but they have not sold their spirit in an attempt to become so. Those who need a break from the ugly despair and sadness of many doom bands, might want to test these guys. Also if you're into any of the aforementioned bands then this applies to you too. Finally, if you appreciate a really good vocalist, then these guys might have what you need. Just be warned, the doominess of this album is far from overwhelming...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Floating Deserts
2. Just One Word
3. In Alarm
4. Drop
5. Drown In A Whirl
6. A New Landscape
7. Chemical Frustration
8. All My Discord
9. Hysterical Mistake
10. Insidious Line

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes.

Visit the The Sun of Weakness bandpage.

Reviewed on 11-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
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