Oceans of Slumber @ When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light Tour 2019
There’s beauty in life. There’s darkness in death. For Swallow the Sun creative force Juha Raivio, his world is the reverse. The Finnish songwriter is funneling the darkness in life and the beauty in death on new album, When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light. While much of the impressive, three-album saga Songs from the North I, II & III was inspired by the old forests of Sweden’s midlands, Swallow the Sun’s seventh album (10th if Songs from the North I, II & III and The Plague of Butterflies EP count) is directly informed by the loss of life partner and singer/songwriter Aleah Stanbridge (aka Aleah Starbridge). Raivio spent many months in the shadows, coping, trying to understand, wishing his loved one a safe journey into the glory of her next life. But when the inspiration finally hit Raivio, the maestro conceived and wrote nine songs over the course of three weeks. The result is a spectacular heart-string pull carefully ferried across a hopelessly scenic set of songs that transcend the boundaries of doom, death, and black metal. The title “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light” draws from a key line in Trees of Eternity’s “Broken Mirror.”
OCEANS OF SLUMBER - "The Banished Heart"
“The last few years have been turbulent. When you have this mixture of a few very emotional and creative people, it gets shaky sometimes. Internal and family struggles were trying to rot us from the inside out. This new album is a reflection of those personal feelings.” Love. Loss. Struggle. Surrender. The Journey. The End.
It’s all here, on Oceans Of Slumber’s long-awaited third album. The sound of shattered dreams and epic nightmares, every sinew alive and vital but never flexing far from death’s shadow. The sound of a blossoming creative force rising from pain’s pitch-black fog to blaze and rage in hopeful, starlit skies. The sound of The Banished Heart: an extraordinary record born amid troubled times.
AEONIAN SORROW - "Into The Eternity A Moment We Are"
This is a project of Melodic Doom Metal yet funeral and spiritual music that describes the eternal sorrow and misery above the earth, death and human nature and instincts under the ownership of grief and pain.