Album Review: Hallatar – “No Stars Upon The Bridge”

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While Hallatar is a name that may ring unfamiliar and No Stars Upon The Bridge is technically a debut, the minds behind the project are highly respected veterans of their craft. Forged from the music and emotions of Juha Raivio in memory of Aleah Stanbridge, who passed April of last year, No Stars Upon The Bridge is an immense atmospheric doom metal experience inspired by collections of Aleah’s work. Working with Tomi Joutsen of Amorphis and former HIM drummer Gas Lipstick, every word and note resonates with personal meaning. As a result, No Stars Upon The Bridge delivers a multi-layered impact on a listener that few albums have managed to accomplish.

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Album Review: Draconian – “Sovran”

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Following the departure of vocalist Lisa Johannson in 2011, fans of Sweden’s pillar gothic/doom metal act Draconian were left wondering about the future of the outfit. Enter Heike Langhans, formerly of The Great Sleep, to take the helm. The band’s newest, Sovran, surprisingly, sounds like nothing ever slowed them down. It’s an album that, while business as usual for the sextet, demonstrates that a major lineup change has done the band some favors in the way of memorability and songwriting.  Continue reading