TheNightTimeProject – Pale Season

Fredrik and Mattias Norrman are really prolific musicians, after spending fifteen years in Katatonia they are currently active in October Tide, and this time their unstoppable creative force is embodied by the band TheNightTimeProject, also featuring guitarist/vocalist Alexander Backlund and drummer Jonas Sköld of Letters From The Colony, and the brand new album “Pale Season” aims to conquer your heart with an exquisite melancholic progressive rock ensemble.

Since the beginning of “Hound” you will notice how the melancholic themes are a crucial component of the whole album as gorgeous fragile guitar melodies and understated atmospheric layers create an enchanting sonic realm emphasized by the poignant soft vocals.

“Rotting Eden” maintains a profound melancholia through enticing melodic waves accompanied by a comforting heartfelt vocal delivery but picks up a vibrant energy fully expressed by the catchy guitar riffs and the occasional tormented growls.

“Final Light” features so many fascinating melodies and compelling darkened tonalities skillfully crafted by guitars and vocals following a contemplative mood that often demands a mellow tempo yet acquires extra charisma with some heavier rhythmic progressions.

The title track continues to spellbind the listeners with the sorrowful nature of the lavish melodies emphasized by another moving vocal performance and in general the shimmering guitar work naturally conveys the Scandinavian dark melancholy that we all love.

For “Signals In The Sky” the band wisely chooses Heike Langhans of Draconian as guest vocalist and her mesmerizing voice perfectly expresses profound emotions flowing gently through the gloomy doom tinged melodic phrases which here feel particularly heartbreaking surrounded by darkly elegant atmospheric arrangements.

As expected the experience and the songwriting skills of TheNightTimeProject are evident throughout “Pale Season” which also easily stands out for the cathartic emotions always generated by the ravishing melodic tapestries.

Latitudes – Part Island

UK-based post-metal outfit Latitudes invites you to join an immersive music journey within the gorgeous melancholia infused melodic grandeur of the new full length “Part Island” which for the first time in the band’s career features captivating vocals on every track.

In the beginning “Underlie” will conquer your heart with the poetic themes, the understated piano melodies and the delicate arpeggios accompanied by exquisite emotive vocals while later the whole instrumentation takes over to generate a darker rhythmic momentum.

On “Moorland Is The Sea” the dreamy nature of post-metal always feels prominent through charming atmospheric arrangements and sophisticated guitar melodies that often evolve into significantly heavier doom tinged rhythmic patterns yet never overlook the irresistible nostalgic vibes.

Like the rest of the album “Dovestone” can trigger an emotional tumult as distorted guitars use familiar blackened dynamics to craft a cohesive rhythmic structure with the right dosage of darkened grooves firmly supporting the intricate melodic & atmospheric tapestries adorned by heartfelt vocals.

The title track takes you to a majestic yet desolate sonic realm offering a multitude of mesmerizing melodic textures, fragile harmonies and a lovely introspective vocal delivery that will continue to evoke a profound sense of melancholy through the fascinating tranquil guitar phrases as well as the dramatic & heavier rhythmic crescendos.

What Latitudes have created with “Part Island” is an absolutely enchanting collection of songs that have the power to move the listeners and showcases an impressive mature songwriting approach that benefits also from the expression of sincere emotions through music and words.

Yerûšelem – The Sublime

Blut Aus Nord mastermind Vindsval and long time partner W.D. Feld joined forces to create the new ambitious project Yerûšelem which blends cold wave and electronica nuances with a fiery industrial core on the debut release “The Sublime”.

The title track can sound absolutely mysterious with a generous dose of dreamlike electronic tapestries and distant chants yet there is a gentle melodic streak as crispy guitars leads generate contemplative vibes.

The desire to freely experiment with multifaceted music styles on “Autoimmunity” leads to electronic textures that convey darkened aesthetics dramatically enhanced by nightmarish rhythmic crescendos and gritty guitar riffs.

The electronic atmospheres of “Joyless” will make you space out while guitars probably deliver the heaviest riffs on the album as well as a steady series of gelid polished melodies with a palpable gothic metal inspiration.

Everything sounds extra dark on “Triiiunity” and the post apocalyptic spirit is fueled by cold industrial grooves with monochromatic guitar riffage, modern electronic pulses and suspenseful atmospheric arrangements,

“Reverso” aims to hypnotize the audience as spacey vocals simply float through trippy waves of danceable electro beats and somber melodic guitars that could go on forever stuck in a dreamy loop.

“The Sublime” dwells within a subterranean realm where the lines between reality and dream become blurry as Yerûšelem explores diverse music territories to create unique, often utterly surreal, soundscapes.

In The Woods… – Cease The Day

Norwegian band In The Woods… has always created intriguing music following an elegant avant-garde approach that still feels prominent in the composition of the latest release “Cease The Day”.

“Empty Streets” is a majestic album opener that begins with dreamy folk melodies making you feel in the middle of a forest and such wintry emotions will be further enhanced by the outpouring melancholia evoked by grim melodic guitars and soulful clean vocals. This lengthy track packs other style variations such as the fiery blackened rhythmic blasts amplified by a faster tempo and raspy growls yet the whole instrumentation always returns to the main melodic gloom.

“Substance Vortex” follows a similar sonic formula putting in the spotlight graceful nostalgia infused guitar melodies in the midst of refined atmospheric arrangements that will inevitably convey darkly ethereal emotions while the rhythmic segments can often acquire harsh tonalities with wicked guitar riffing.

“Respect My Solitude” holds a subtle blackened force but tends to focus mainly on extremely wistful as guitars meticulously craft profoundly emotive melodies and dreamy acoustic passages resulting in a series of lavish introspective soundscapes emphasized by elegant atmospheric textures.

There are moments of sheer melodic beauty on “Cloud Seeder” as solemn vocals, stylish atmospheric layers and minimalist piano melodies generate utterly dramatic textures until darkened guitar progressions become dominant within the song’s structure crafting loads of compelling melodies and a fair dosage of accessible heavier grooves.

On “Strike Up With The Dawn” melancholic harmonies still feel absolutely meaningful in the creation of lavish guitar melodies and the gorgeous charismatic orchestrations add a poetic mood that will ultimately become quite obscure during the primal blackened segments.

Probably what renders “Cease The Day” particularly appealing is the multifaceted songwriting approach chosen by In The Woods…, which you learn to appreciate even more after multiple listening sessions, and while there is still a strong connection with their past music endeavors they are moving forward to explore variegated music territories.