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Review: Rise to the Sky - Stay with Me When You're Gone
Rise to the Sky
Stay with Me When You're Gone

Label: Independent
Year released: 2022
Duration: 40:14
Tracks: 7
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 24, 2022
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Stay with Me When You're Gone

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

Rise to the Sky is a hyper-productive one-man act from Chile that has put out six freaking albums in the span of three years along with some singles and an EP. Stay With Me When You're Gone is the latest of these releases, and my first exposure to his highly dramatic and melodic brand of Doom/Death akin to acts like My Dying Bride and maybe The Fall of Every Season if they were sped up and more blunt with their melodies. The songs themselves are largely supported by soaring, major scale melodies with powerful grunts that weave tales of loss, loneliness, and heartbreak. Taken by themselves, they can be really evocative and involving, but as the album goes on, it becomes clear that main man Sergio is better at writing melodies than songs as you realize the tracks start sounding more or less the same due to a lack of variation or tension in the songwriting. Ideally, this style is about slowly building your melodies to some kind of emotional climax, but outside of the opener "A Time I Was Loved," the songs just go straight into the massive, climatic melodies and run them into the ground before the composition simply stops without any real resolution. The melodic work is quite strong throughout in spite of that, and for many that will be enough, but I think Sergio could do with cooking his songs more so he can hit many emotional highs instead of just hitting the same one with diminishing returns.

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