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Celestial Season : Solar Lovers

This time, the artwork and pictures of this album are quite misleading: vivid colours, stoned bandmembers on the pictures and somewhere within the booklet a big logo with the text "Groover". What the heck is going on? Wasn't this a band that made a doom debut?

Yes it was, and actually 'Solar Lovers' is still a doom album, although with some more "groovy" influences. The guitar sound is pretty heavy reminding of the typical sound of Orphanage and Within Temptation. This is not really surprising, since the production is done by Lex Vogelaar from Orphanage.

The band makes use of the skills of two excellent violin players, whose contribution to the creation of this heavy, but atmospheric album is very important. Some of the guitar solo's are quite groovy reminding of '70 rock 'n roll, with wah-wah pedals and everything, but they actually make the music more interesting and original. The doom version of the Ultravox classic 'Vienna' is way cool!

Unfortunately, this was their last album using doom elements, after this they somehow transformed into a bunch of flower power hippies.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Decamerone
2. Solar Child
3. Body as Canvas
4. Soft Embalmer of the Still Midnight
5. Will you wait for the Sun?
6. The Holy Snake
7. Dancing to a Thousand Symphonies
8. Vienna
9. Fandango
10. The Scent of Eve
11. A Tune from the Majestic Queen's Garden

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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