|Having made the switch to Dark Symphonies we get to hear what later turned out to be Long Winters' Stare's swan song - not too long after this release the band shamefully broke up. The music on this second full length has reached its absolute height when it comes to weirdness and insanity. Again combining Darkwave, Neoclassical and other influences with Doom-metal it has just become weirder.|
Besides the grunts, screams and weird clean vocals there now also are female vocals. While they do sometimes add to the music I usually find them to be too much. Musically the experimentation has also gone on. In general this album has a very epic feel but the first song for example at times reminds me of Esoteric! Once more we are dealing with a concept album. This time the album tells the tale of the Valkyries.
I can fully imagine that the first 6 tracks will, just as with all their previous work, only appeal to a very small crowd. The last track however might appeal to more people. This last track 'The Unknown God' is a 20 minute long funeral doom song in the style of Skepticism. A great track that makes this album worth buying even if you don't care for the more experimental songs preceding it.
[note by author: John of Doom-metal.com can also be heard on one song from 'The Tears of Odin's Fallen' doing a spoken passage. This incidently did not influence the contents of this review. (I wasn't even aware of it at the time, he only told me later.)]
1. In the Hall of Odin
2. Blood of Steel
3. Blood of my Fathers
5. In Arms
6. The Last Call
7. The Unknown God
Duration : Approx. 62minutes
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