Label: Spikefarm Records - Naula 113 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: Finland • Genre: Rock • Style: Death Metal, Doom Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Vuoroveri is the second album from Finland's Saattue, a doom metal band who are a lot more melodic and uptempo than, say countrymen Shape of Despair. In fact, Saattue Synnistä Syntynyt - Saattue - Vuoroveri me often Synnistä Syntynyt - Saattue - Vuoroveri a slowed down, doom Amorphis, but with the lyrics sung in Finnish.
Also Ajattara without the black metal. This may not be the most mind blowing doom effort of late, but it's atmospheric and catchy, and diverse enough in its flow of laments that it won't bore you.
The tracks are generally anchored by slow, chugging rhythms while synthscapes are thrown over the top for atmosphere, and Tuukka Koskinen's vocals range from bloated death grunts to an edgy, clean style which drives the crawling compositions through their glorious heights and sodden lows. Vuoroveri has a professional mix, not surprisingly since they're out on Spikefarm. You can hear everything clearly, nothing left to the imagination. This is a pleasant and harrowing album to listen to, pleasant in that none of the songs become dull or compacent and harrowing in that it maintains a heavy bombast throughout.
The album is not entirely memorable, but if you long for a doomier alternate to Amorphis or Ajattara then this is right in your zone. It might be pushing it to suggest that with the prevailing underground popularity of bands like Swallow the Various - Move and Insomnium, and the now more-overground Katatonia, that we are witnessing the establishment of a new 'scene', but there is certainly something to be said of such bands for whom releasing tomes of sadness and despair comes as easily as making a cheese sandwich.
Safe to say that if you appreciate the recent efforts of Swallow the Sun and Insomnium you will find much to like here. Being released on Spikefarm Records the "Vuoroveri" package is top-notch with a production perfect for the intentions of the music so damn perfect that I wonder where this style can go in years to come? Vocalist Tuukka Koskinen dominates the landscape for great portions, rising above the music with a commendable plethora of Tina (Ellis Miah Vocal Mix) - SK8 - Tina and feelings in his delivery; singing in Finnish he may be but Synnistä Syntynyt - Saattue - Vuoroveri I could make any sense of that funny language then I'm sure his words are equally accurate too care to help PP?
Whatever the field a greater diversity of songs is essential to releasing an album to stand out from the crowd and it is here that Saattue come up short, with each song being too uniform in colour and tempo and with a guitar performance devoid of any highlights to make a great mark in the world. Pity because the way life is at the moment Saattue showed promising signs early on of being the perfect soundtrack to it.
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