|'Turn Loose the Swans': a title that sounds very odd to the ears of common mortals is actually one of the most popular and influencial doom metal albums of all time. In comparison with their previous work 'As the Flower Withers', the tempo slowed seriously down, the production became less obscure -although still very dark- and Aaron proves that besides his still very powerful grunt, he can actually sing with a warm, emotional voice. On this album, he sings about as much as he grunts.|
The first and the last tracks are repetitive darkwave melodies creating an atmosphere of sad, dark romanticism. The tracks between them are heavy, long doom epics full of inventive, metallic riffs. Almost every track in this work became a classic, the most popular ones being 'Sear Me MCMXCIII', 'Your River', 'The Crown of Sympathy' and 'Turn Loose the Swans'.
The dark music adorer can find almost every substyle of doom metal represented within this album: atmospheric doom with clean vocals, heavy doom death, funeral doom (the funeral part in 'The Crown of Sympathy' is awesome!), all decorated with beautiful violin melodies and an atmosphere of dark, pessimistic romanticism. Aaron's lyrics were always very poetic, but in this album he wrote some of the darkest, tragically romantic verses ever in doom metal.
What can I say more? The most doom metal fans who read this review, already have the album. If you don't have it, you probably don't know much about doom metal yet. Go and buy this album then, you will learn a lot about the quintessence of doom death metal.
1. Sear Me MCMXCIII
2. Your River
3. The Songless Bird
4. The Snow in My Hand
5. The Crown of Sympathy
6. Turn Loose the Swans
7. Black God
Duration : Approx. 57 minutes
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