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White Willow


Symphonic Prog

3.96 | 182 ratings

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3 stars "White Willow" goes on with their fine and dark prog music from the North.

This album is in-line with its predecessor Sacrament which is still their best effort to date IMO. The same qualities and the same default are all present on this "Strom Season". The weakness being taken care of by Sylvia Erichsen whose voice could never attract nor please me at all. She still sounds as a early teenager (she already sounded as such on "Ex Tenebris" released six years prior to this album).

The instrumental parts are awesome for the majority. The opening song is another of their great tracks that should convert any proghead to their cause. It is full of splendid and cold beauty. "Chemical Sunset" is one of my fave from this work.

"Sally Left" features an icy atmosphere. Cello, mellotron combined with a harder edge are quite extraordinary. It is almost heavy during the second half; but not a noisy one: just enough to offer a great contrast with the overall mood. It is an excellent song as well.

The heavier style is confirmed during "Soulburn". The cello is still on the forefront, but strong guitar is also of high value. Vocals are shared which is not too bad an idea. "Soulburn" is not the best number of this album, but it offers another and new angle of their music.

Sylvia's laments are difficult to bear for me during "Insomnia". It is again a pity since some of the best mellotron passages are featured on this track.

This album is a clear move to a heavier sound, almost doom metal at times ("Nightside Of Eden"). It is still pleasant though and I would rate "Storm Season" with three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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