Album 0249: Dark Suns – Swanlike

DarkSuns-Swanlike

Release Date: 2002
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Swanlike (11:25)
2. Infiltration (05:33)
3. The Sun Beyond Your Eden (08:42)
4. Virtuous Dilemma (04:46)
5. Inside Final Dreams (08:16)
6. The Neverending (05:36)
7. In Silent Harmony II (03:08)
8. Suffering (14:35)

Total Length: 01:02:00

Swanlike has a really nice opening. It doesn’t waste too much time getting going and I like when the vocals come in. The only thing I can really say I don’t enjoy are the harsh vocals. They are there for effect rather than because they sound great. If it was another voice doing them I might enjoy it more. Infiltration has the same issue but is fairly good otherwise. The Sun Beyond Your Eden is pretty good and gives off an Opeth vibe. I will admit to getting a little bored during this track though.

Virtuous Dilemma is nice as well. It’s mostly acoustic and a good change of tone. Inside Final Dreams has a strange intro but ends up being enjoyable. It also reminds me of Disillusion at parts. The Neverending is sadly kind of boring. It’s probably the most uniformly heavy track on here but it really doesn’t do much for me. In Silent Harmony II is a very nice instrumental track to cap off the bulk of the album. It’s calm and kind of heavenly.

Suffering is a bonus track, it’s a re-recording/reworking of one of the band’s demos. It’s a big track, and I think it works really well. The harsh vocals certainly sound better here than anywhere else on the album, and there is a bit of an avant garde flair to the song. In the end this is an above average album that I don’t quite find myself drawn to. There are good ideas marred by a tendency to be overly long.

Final Rating: 7/10

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