Six years have passed since the Evig Natt’s previous release “Darkland”. Luckily for us, this means that “Evig Natt” is a very refined and well-crafted that perfectly transmits raw emotions through dark and somber music. Delivering over 51 minutes of a very dramatic combination of Gothic and Doom Metal, this release is caters to the old-school fans of Gothic Metal that prefer raw atmosphere over fancy orchestrations and arrangements.
Immediately after the instrumental intro, “How I Bleed” sets a very dark mood with punishing guitars and atmospheric keyboards paired with harsh vocals. This basic structure is quite traditional of releases in this genre from the late 90’s, early 2000’s, reminding us particularly of the album “Disclosure in Red” by Trail of Tears. The vocal arrangements of tracks like “Silence Falls” make this release more special as they evolve the listener in the band’s musical journey.
Perfectly blending aggression with melodic brilliance, “In God I Grieve” is a very contrasting track which showcases the band’s non-linear approach to the genre. Superbly led by Kirsten Jørgensen, the band greatly utilizes her vocal range and crafts tracks that take advantage of her unique sound. Like a combination between Helena Iren Michaelsen and Cathrine Paulsen, Kirsten’s vocal range allows contrasting tracks like “Wildfire” and “Bringer of Ice” to sound equally magical.
Closing the album with the heavy and moody “Svartsinn” and the dramatic “Weathered Emotion”, the band further showcases their musical range with these two diverse tracks. Overall, “Evig Natt” is a brilliant third full-length release by a very talented band. While featuring all the traditional Gothic Metal elements, the band gives the music a Doom-ier edge, allowing it to be quite dramatic and engaging. If you like Gothic Metal with a darker side to it, look no further and get a copy of this release.
|Band: Evig Natt
|Album: Evig Natt
Label: Self- Released
Release: March 19th, 2016
Genre: Gothic/Doom Metal