Shortly after, in February , the band were dropped from Roadrunner. This came as a sigh of relief for the band as the proper support from Roadrunner never came their way. The band decided to get away from their familiar surroundings and took off for England to record their third album, Through the Darkest Hour. Through the Darkest Hour received critical acclaim across the globe upon its release in August The tour lasted six weeks and shortly after the band embarked on their first tour of Europe with fellow doom band Revelation.
After this tour the band went through a long break that would last until April when recording for the next album commenced. During this time Perez started his own Brainticket Records label as well as recording a solo album under the name of The Liquid Sound Company.
The next album, Downfall was recorded in Dallas, Texas, and despite receiving praise once again for their efforts, the band were extremely dissatisfied with the end product. Lyle Steadham left the band shortly after the recording of Downfall. The music is both haunting and hypnotic. It is a lament which reminds us of the deplorable condition of mankind and our own terrible plight.
If you are truly looking for a religious experience through Metal, this is it. Caution, don't begin listening to this album unless you have time to listen to the whole thing, several times over.
It commands your attention and is highly addictive. Anyone who likes Black Sabbath should like this band. I also like the versatility and range the lead singer brings to the vocals. An overall great album for Format: Audio CD. After their masterpiece "Beyond the Crimson Horizon" a letdown was inevitable.
Many times during this album the band sounds as if they are struggling to put together their ideas into a cohesive product. To their credit, or downfall, they are not trying to replicate their previous release and in trying to branch out in different directions the road sounds difficult. The only constant here is Robert Lowe's voice which he varies into trance-like Stoner Doom on occassion as well as soaring vocals though they are not nearly as prevalent here as on "Beyond the Crimson Horizon.
This would be a mistake for newcomers as this is nowhere near the pinnacle of their work. There are certainly moments on this release that are noteworthy but it should not be considered a first purchase. Buy either or both of those albums first before filling out your Solitude Aeturnus catalog as they are far superior to "Through the Darkest Hour. This is the third album from Solitude Aeturnus, but the first one I bought. I only wish I'd heard this band long before! First, for perspective, a little about the band itself: Solitude Aeturnus is a "Doom metal" band, so their lyrics are less than optomistic, and the music is for the most part slow and heavy.
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Through the Darkest Hour. Import, Enhanced. Through the Darkest Hour [Explicit] "Please retry". MP3 Music, January 1, "Please retry". Audio CD, January 15, "Please retry". Audio, Cassette, February 4, "Please retry". Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Solitude Aeturnus. Into the Depths of Sorrow. Beyond the Crimson Horizon. Their third album "Through the Darkest Hour" being their major label debut on BMG records was followed by a European tour and a chance to tour with Merceful Fate -not to mention having the opportunity to hang with their hero and Merceful Fate frontman King Diamond.
With "Downfall" being their forth and last album for BMG, 's "Adagio" was released by Olympic Records after a three year hiatus of label searching and constant touring. Apple Music Preview. Sign Out. Which eternal path we've taken Be it truth, deception, pain or fear" This song is part II of the "Dreams" trilogy. It explores the darker side of immortality and even asks whether it is ultimately desirable. To live forever is to have no hopes or dreams, nothing more to be gained, only endless existance They're all over the place on this album and they all rule.
This album really does have a dark, twisted, Sima Yi worthy plan of attack that not only hits you hard with awesome doom riffage and underlying, dark emotion that makes for a doom experience that trumps most everything else you'll hear.
So what you've got here is a doom metal album that is a cut above most everything else it stands up against. This album brings forth a formidable sea of emotional devastation alongside some classy, old school doom metal musicianship. There's barely a stale moment to be found; whether it's the heavy riffing of "Falling" or the dreamy melancholy of the closer - Through the Darkest Hour is an album that delivers. This is my favorite moment from this band and if you like dark, expressive, and poignant themes conveyed in the form of emotionally charged yet musically crushing doom metal - you'll love this.
Solitude Aeturnus are the first band that I've heard who play epic doom metal, and they've left a very good overall impression of the genre. While it isn't the most elaborate album you'll ever hear, Through the Darkest Hour is very accomplished and despite being unfamiliar with their discography the band have established themselves very well to me within just a few listenings.
The vocals go through phases of good and bad. There's always a noticeable echo to them which works well with the dark atmosphere, and the pained delivery that Robert Lowe gives captures plenty of emotion. He's got an excellent range and a gritty soulful voice, but there are a couple of detracting points. One is that he feels inclined to show off his range at every moment, and I'm not overly fond of the higher end of his scale which generally sounds like he's just wailing like a cat.
My other semi-linked problem is that sometimes I think his technique is too raw for what he's trying, the chorus on 'Haunting the Obscure' being the best example of this.
To my ears he doesn't have the chops to pull off those high notes, and it makes for an unpleasant listen. Overall however I have to say his performance is very good and he adds a great deal to the band, particularly in crafting a tone of desperation that would not be there otherwise.
The riffs are slow and tend to rumble along in the background, nothing too complex to risk lessening the effects of the atmosphere. That being said, the guitarists are still capable of some more technical performances, and the solos are always something to look forward to. They're also good at channeling different styles of music, from the somewhat groovy riffing on 'The 9th Day: Awakening' to the bluesy, almost stoner-esque opening of 'Falling'.
It's all very laid-back and it sounds so effortless, but at the same time Solitude Aeturnus are always a classy outfit. Everything's just as it ought to be and no more, never tipping the balance too far towards being too minimalist or too busy. Similarly the drumming is also very rhythmical and fits perfectly with the rest of the band. On its own it would perhaps be unimpressive due to its lack of intricacy, but it's undoubtedly an integral part of the finished product being so successful.
Which brings me to my next point, which is that the main reason that Solitude Aeturnus is so enjoyable is that everything works in tandem. While on its own perhaps each part of the band does not sound particularly spectacular, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
That's just what a band should do, and the way that each member compliments the others so well is why Through the Darkest Hour has grown on me so much. Fans of doom metal will definitely appreciate this record at least as much as I did. It makes for a great listen, particularly 'The 9th Day: Awakening' and 'Pain', and there's enough material to keep you satisfied for a long time.Through the Darkest Hour / Downfall Solitude Aeturnus. Type: Compilation Release date: Catalog ID: IR-C Pain (loading lyrics) 6. Pawns of Anger There are no reviews for Through the Darkest Hour / Downfall yet. You can write one. Recording information: Disc 1: Recorded at Rhythm Studios, Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire.
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