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Apostle Of Solitude : Apostle Of Solitude – Rituals Of The Oak – The Flight Of Sleipnir Split

Three epic Doom bands contribute to a good split.

My relationship with Apostle Of Solitude is a combination of love and hate. The reason behind this is to be found in their first album ’Sincerest Misery’. I liked that debut because it was so honestly old-school, but I was really annoyed with the song 'Last Tears' that was far too similar to a song from Doomsword’s ’Resound The Horn’. That definitely ruined my ability to enjoy the album, as I ended up trying to find other 'borrowings' (admittedly, I wasn’t able to find more). Here the band puts up two songs: the first one is 'This Mania', a song that swings between the sound of the first album and a more modern one. I liked it. The second song is 'Transgressions', a slower, darker and more epic-sounding song that brings in mind the slower moments of The Gates Of Slumber, albeit with a less brutal but more melancholic and desolate feel.

The second band here is coming from Australia and they are called Ritual Of The Oak. They play slow, epic and - justifying their name – ritualistic doom metal. The song they play on that split is titled 'Hallward'. They are defended by a female singer and that led me to see some similarities with bands like Jex Thoth in the musical field as well, with the band sounding less ‘pagan’ than Jex Thoth though, but more mystical and arcane. I would give them a chance when their new album will be released next year.

The last band here is The Flight Of Sleipnir and, as you can guess by their name (Sleipnir is Odin’s horse), they play a form of Viking Doom Metal. The first of the two songs they offer us is titled 'A Legacy Of Iron'. The band sounds very epic and, in contrast with most bands in the same subgenre that base their sound on Bathory, they are closer to While Heaven Wept, resulting in a softer and more melancholic sound than the usual more brutal and primitive approach. The second song, 'Draugr', moves in the same direction as the first one, only darker; a great song and possibly a future classic. Anyone into epic Doom should try to pick up their previous albums and their new 2011 release ’Essence Of Nine’.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Apostle Of Solitude – This Mania
2. Rituals Of The Oak – Hallward
3. The Flight Of Sleipnir – A Legacy Of Iron
4. Apostle Of Solitude – Transgressions
5. The Flight Of Sleipnir - Draugr

Duration : approx. 50 minutes

Visit the Apostle Of Solitude bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-12 by Dimitris Plastiras
Hate Your Guts Records
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